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 8 reviews
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

Brad Rhodes
Great plants

Wonderful experience and perfect specimens.
Great customer support as well. Thanks so much.

Jay Holmes
Trapped! ;) Lots of traps

Got a nice bundle of Utricularia gibba delivered early April. I as well was able to split it, some in an outdoor bog garden, some in and indoor set-up under lights. I hope to use these to teach a science course including the story of Mary Treat who corresponded with Darwin about her Utricularia observations and noted significant observations Darwin missed. She published, and he recognized her achievements in his book on Insectivorous plants. Cool plants, cool stories of science!

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