Weser butterwort

Pinguicula | Also known as: Mexican butterwort, Butterwort | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Insects will get an Eton education when they land on the Pinguicula. No, an eaten education. It's carnivorous.

Pinguicula or butterwort is a wolf in sheep’s clothing – or in this case, a carnivore in petals. Butterworts are a genus of carnivorous plants with glandular leaves and insects meet a rather sticky end when they get trapped on them. Butterworts bloom from late spring to summer and can produce stunning flowers in a range of beautiful shades including vivid pinks, blues and purples. Butterworts can grow in full sunlight or partial shade and do well in infertile soils. For a happy butterwort, plant care should involve keeping the soil moist and ensuring it has good drainage. Once you get a taste for these crafty carnivores you’ll want to display them everywhere, which won’t be too hard as they are pretty versatile. They can accommodate extremes such as rock gardens and bog gardens and may even grow in walls. They’re also a great choice for wildflower gardens or growing in containers. Consider yourself warned, as their quirky charm will capture your affections in no time.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.15
Spread [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.2
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Pink or purple
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Rosette
  • Acidic
Hardiness zone
  • Varies
Heat zone
  • Varies
  • poorly-drained
  • boggy
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • Carnivorous
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Pond plants
Garden type
  • Bog garden
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years