Utricularia gibba

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Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: Not required
Native Range: Worldwide
Zones: 4-7 (3-9)

Utricularia gibba, the aquatic Humped Bladderwort, is available for sale online. It is a small size, mat producing perennial with bright yellow summer flowers. It grows floating in boggy waters with no roots.  It is prolific and can form large, dense, floating mats.  Its leaves are finely divided, and interspersed with small, scattered bladders, which turn dark from devouring infusoria. 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. Its flowers reach above the water from early Spring to mid Summer.  Flowering seems to require growth in the peaty substrates of shallow warm waters. In Winter, it diminishes in size and drifts to the bottom of the pond, but does not seem to form turions.  The Humped Bladderwort is a wonderful plant for the garden bog pool or aquarium. Utricularia gibba 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.

Plants shipped as a 2-4+" sprig with one or more growing tips. In it's dormant season, it will be shipped as a dormant turion.

Length: 6+"
Plant Type: Perennial, temperate
Soil: Bog Water
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, partial sun outdoors
Use: Colorful addition to the garden pool and aquarium.

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Todd Montgomery
Did not fare well

I bought 2, and watched them steadily decrease in size in my pond until I could no longer find them at all. Did not ever appear to grow at all. I was expecting it to be weedy, so I was surprised that it did not take off. Having looked at other pictures of what people received (for other utricularia species), I am not sure I received the part of the plant I needed for it to grow. I am not 100% sure this is the correct terminology, but I think I received a bunch of leaves without any stems. It looked like steel wool, but green. All of the individual sprigs were the same thickness. I do wish I had taken a picture when I received it

Kelly Kelsey
So far, so good.

Arrived healthy despite being stuck at the post office 2 extra days. Planted outside in my bog and is doing well so far.

Dakotah Simonson

Just a good sized clump and its growing already 🤩😍😂🙂

Scott Pelham
U.gibba excellent aquatic species

U.gibba is hardy and easy to take care of. It's completely aquatic and can be kept in aquariums. I keep mine in a plant saucer with daphnia and powder spirulina. The daphnia eat the spirulina and the gibba eat the daphnia.

Ishaan Kumar

Utricularia gibba

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