Rainbow Plant

Byblis liniflora | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A carnivorous plant, byblis liniflora looks like something from science fiction. Small in size, it has a thin central stem, from which numerous leaves grow horizontally. These leaves look like stems themselves, being cylindrical and tapering at the end. These leaves are littered with tiny needle-like hairs, each of which is tipped with a mucus that entraps small insects, like flypaper does. It is known as the rainbow plant because of the array of colours seen when light passes through the hairs, its flowers are a welcoming shade of lavender or light blue. A lover of moist, even marshy soil, in temperate areas is best grown under glass where frost is not a threat.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.25
Spread [m]
  • 0.2
Dominant flower colour
  • Purple
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Branching
  • Erect
Hardiness zone
  • Z11
Heat zone
  • unknown
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • 4
Heat days
  • 0
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • Carnivorous
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and foliage
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Ground cover
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years