Aldrovanda vesiculosa


Ease to Grow: Moderate to Challenging.
Dormancy: Yes
Native Range: Peaty Wetlands of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia
Zones: 5-9 (4-10)

The aquatic Waterwheel Plant, Aldrovanda vesiculosa is an aquatic, free-floating, rootless carnivorous plant of boggy waters. The rope-like plant contains successive whorls of bristly traps.  Each trap shaped like a small, wide-mouth clam.  There are 4-9 traps per whorl, and each whorl is about 1/2" round, giving the plant a soft rope like appearance. Aldrovanda prefers warm, shallow (8-20"), peaty, dark tea-colored waters rich in tannins and low in nutrients.  It grows best in the sunny partial cover amongst salvinia, water lilies and other emergent plants. The white flowers are small, and on short stalks in late summer. Seeds are rare. Reproduction is typically vegetative. It is a perennial and survives freezing by forming turions (winter buds for aquatics). This variety is native to Japan and is winter hardy. Shipped as a small sprig (or turion in cold weather) in water. Sprigs grow rapidly in good conditions.

The genus is monotypic with only one species.  Similar to the classification of the Venus Flytrap (1 genus, 1 species). Aldrovanda can be considered a living fossil, since its lineage dates back to the Tertiary, tens of millions of years ago. Aldrovanda vesiculosa var. rubescens is a red form that occurs from Australia, and single locations in Botswana and Hungary.  Cultures may contain small amounts of other aquatic plants.

Photographs are representative of species and not the specific Waterwheel carnivorous plant for sale. In it's dormant season, it will be shipped as a dormant turion.

Height: 1", Length: 2-10+"
Plant Type: Perennial, cold temperate
Soil: Peaty water, dark tea color
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, full sun to dappled shade outdoors.
Use: Grows well in the bog pool, greenhouse and indoors. Helps control mosquito larva.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Joseph Hromy
Amazing aquatic carnivorous plants

These little plants looked so cool. They were well packaged and arrived quick. Great service as always from this nursery.

nice plant

Well packed, little bag of water. Put in whiskey barrel pond.


Perfect !

Brobson Lutz
Stingy on the plant size

Needed plants for an outside pond. What arrived were microscopic strands. Maybe what aquarium folks want but wish the website has specified what a small amount of plant material would be sent for a sorta hefty price too. Brobson Lutz, New Orleans

brian p.
bought plants

plants arrived complete with cute little tadpoles!!! seller responded quickly to inquiry about my order by email. very well packaged.

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