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Common Butterwort

Pinguicula vulgaris

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Violet, on long stalks and up to 2cm. Diverging lower lip and a pointed spur.
Fruit:
Brownish-yellow capsule, ovate, with numerous small brown seeds.
Leaves:
Yellow-green star-shaped basal rosette with margins curled upwards. 3 to 6 succulent leaves, each up to 8cm long. Butterwort is an insectivorous plant. The leaves feel sticky to touch because the leaf glands secrete an enzyme which helps the plant catch its prey.
Maximum Size:
15cm tall.
Aroma:
The leaves give off a very faint musty smell, perhaps to attract flies.
Other Names:
Bog Violet, Marsh Violet.
Habitats:
Bogs, heathland, marshes, moorland, rocks, swamps.