Utricularia subulata


Utricularia subulata

Ease to Grow: Easy.
Dormancy: No.
Native Range: Worldwide.
Zones: 6-11 (5-12).

Utricularia subulata, the Zigzag Bladderwort, is a perennial, terrestrial bladderwort with numerous, small bright yellow flowers. It prefers sandy peat that is constantly moist.  It has subterranean stolons that form numerous small leaves (<1/2"). The tiny bladder traps form in the soil, and catch small critters, like nematodes. The wiry flower stalk bends at each node giving it a zigzag look. It flowers in early Spring, and can appear in mass, as a delightful yellow carpet. Some flowers stay closed. In winter it dies back to its subterranean stolons, to survive the cold. It is a vigorous grower, and can be a harmless, pretty "weed" in your collection. It is the most widely spread of all Utricularia species.

Height: 1/2+".
Plant Type: Perennial, tropical to temperate.
Soil: General CP Soil Mix.
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, full sun outdoors.
Use: Grows well outdoors, and on the window sill and greenhouse.  Great terrarium plant.

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