Ease to Grow: Easy
Native Range: Brazil
Zones: 8-11 (6-12)
Utricularia longifolia, the Long-leafed Bladderwort, is a perennial, terrestrial bladderwort with long lance shaped leaves and large showy flowers. These are perhaps the longest leaves of all Utricularia. It typically grows as an epiphyte, in and among the mosses of the upper branches of trees. It prefers live sphagnum or peaty soils that are constantly moist. It has large subterranean stolons that form swollen nodules, useful in propagation. Large bladders trap catch a variety of subterranean small critters, like nematodes. It flowers in Spring on long stalks with as many as 10+ flowers, each about the size of a quarter, lilac-pink in color with a golden blotch. Repot annually for best flowering. It has a dry winter rest period. It is a vigorous grower, and popular among CP growers. It is a great beginners plant.
Plant Type: Perennial, tropical
Soil: Live Sphagnum or Lower Bog Mix
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, full sun outdoors
Use: Grows well on the window sill, greenhouse and tall terrariums.