BUTTERWORT PINGUICULA Vulgaris
Pinguicula vulgaris is a carnivorous plant that is extremely hardy outdoors, down to USDA zone 1! A beautiful plant, yet a carnivorous plant! Pinguicula vulgaris, the common butterwort, is a perennial carnivorous plant in the bladderwort family Lentibulariaceae. Plants use their sticky, glandular leaves to lure, trap, and digest insects to supplement the poor nutrition that they obtain from their environment.
Plants grow to a height of 3–16 cm, and are topped with a purple (and occasionally white) flower that is 15 mm or longer, and shaped like a funnel. Blooms appear in spring and summer. This butterwort generally grows in damp environments such as bogs and swamps, in low or subalpine elevations. It has a circumboreal distribution, being native to almost every country in Europe as well as Russia, Canada, and the United States.Being native to environments with cold winters, they produce a winter-resting bud (hibernaculum).
Hardiness zones: 1-11
Type: Hardy perennial
Note: These seeds are extremely tiny! It's just how they naturally are. Reading glasses are recommended to aid with seeing them, even for those who don't normally require glasses to read. The seeds are shipped in either a wax envelope, or folder within a small paper. Open carefully, and sprinkle onto the growing medium. Do not bury the seeds. Germination information is below.
Seeds per pack: 10
Germination: Use a mix of 50% peat moss, and 50% sand or perlite. As with many perennial seeds, these seeds benefit from a period of moist cold to help them begin to grow. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Place on the surface of your growing medium, and water, do not bury them. Then place them in a refrigerator for 5-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container back at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout several weeks, or occasionally several months, after the warming period. They require some patience, but are well worth the effort!