Utricularia vulgaris


Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: Yes, forms turions
Native Range: Northern Europe, Asia
Zones: 4-7 (3-9)

The carnivorous Utricularia vulgaris plant, or Common Bladderwort, is a medium size, perennial, aquatic bladderwort with bright yellow summer flowers. It grows suspended in the boggy waters with no roots.  Its leaves are finely divided, and interspersed with numerous bladders about 1/8", which turn dark from devouring infusoria, including mosquitoes. It prefers dark, tea colored, boggy waters rich in tannins.  It does best in full sun, growing under and among emergent aquatic plants, such as water lilies, frogbit and pickerel weed. Utricularia vulgaris flowers reach above the water in mid summer. As Fall approaches, it forms turions (winter buds), which settle to the bottom, and help it survive winters. Some refer to the N. American species as Utricularia macrorhiza. This is a wonderful plant for the garden bog pool, and will help reduce the mosquito population.

U. vulgaris is fast growing, but easier to control than duckweed. It can be an invasive weed in warm climates.  Cultures may contain small amounts of other aquatic plants.

Our U. vulgaris for sale are shipped as a 4-6+" sprig with one or more growing tips. In it's dormant season, it will be shipped as a dormant turion.

Length: 18+"
Plant Type: Perennial, Temperate, Aquatic
Soil: Bog Water
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, partial sun outdoors
Use: Grows well indoors and greenhouse.  Great for helping to control mosquitoes.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Steven Pepper
Awesome customer service

Had a issue with some plants on a delivery but after sending a email I received very healthy plants that are thriving. Very trust worthy company and I will continue to do business with them!

Nice cutting

I received a nice sized cutting about 4 inches long. The cutting has melted back a bit leaving the main stem and about 1 inch of the growing tip but it looks like it will rally and is showing signs of growth.

Gregory Beylinii
Amazing plant way bigger than expected

Amazing plant way bigger than expected

Elizabeth Hodson
Great teaching tool

I really love Bladderwort. As a mosquito biologist I am thrilled to have another tool.

Love it!

I have had ponds for years. Events curtailed the fun for awhile and I am thrilled to be back at it! I love bladderworts! I think they may be some of my very favorite plants of all time. When they are in my pond, my ponds are free of mosquitoes! A nice alternative to fish! I love fish, but sometimes, it can be difficult to limit raccoon access and they can really wreck havoc trying to get to a ten cent gold fish. Yes, bladderworts spread like weeds, but name me a water plant that doesn't want to take over the world. Every pond should have bladderwort!

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