Early Butterwort


Ease to Grow: Moderate to Difficult
Dormancy: No
Native Range: Savannas of the Southeast Coastal Plain, N. America
Zones: 7-9 (6-11)

The Early or Primrose Butterwort, Pinguicula primuliflora is a perennial butterwort that is easy to grow. Its broad and numerous leaves are slightly curled along the margins and rounded at the tips. The leaves are shiny from all the digestive glands. They roll slightly inward and digest the prey where it has landed. It can be a large butterwort, about 3-6" across with a rosette of sticky leaves.  It readily clumps from the numerous plants that come from leaf tips and decaying mature leaves. It prefers constantly damp, sandy peat soils, and benefits from being submerged for days or a few weeks at a time in cultivation. It is often associated with P. planifolia or P. ionantha, but not P. luteaP. caerulea or P. pumila which favor somewhat drier habitats. They benefit from the dappled light provided by growing among grasses and other plants. It flowers prolifically, nearly year round, with a quiet spell in February. The numerous flowers are pale violet with a touch of pink. They are quite striking in a group.  It does not form a winter bud. It is prolific and a delight to have in the collection, indoors or out. It is a great carnivorous plant for beginners and terrariums. This selection comes from tissue culture.

Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. Transplanting is a challenge. Use a humidity dome, and initially saturated soil. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.

Height: 1" - 3+"
Plant Type: Perennial, Warm Temperate
Soil: Long-fiber Sphagnum or All-purpose Mix
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, full to bright open shade outdoors
Use: Grows well in the protected bog garden in summer, greenhouse and indoors. It is an excellent terrarium plant.  Flowers frequently.

Customer Reviews

Based on 36 reviews
Melissa Richardson
High Quality

I purchased the butterwort and cobra lily. Both are excellent quality.

Overpriced and Overtaxed

I have never seen as many taxes listed on a purchase before and the shipping costing the same amount as the product. County tax, state tax, and transit authority tax.

Corey Taylor

arrived in good condition, young/small but healthy!

Very Small, Fragile and a Risky Purchase

I last ordered these, as well as well as the Pirouette and Aphrodite varieties. They arrived tightly packed (almost too tightly because you really need to work hard to safely and completely remove them from the packaging for transplanting), but that was fine.
My issue is that they were so very small, with hardly any roots/root ball, which made them very hard to handle and provided for a very risky planting. One of the Early Butterworts has already died and one of the Aphrodite butterworts looks like it is soon to follow.
I have purchased from your nursery in the past as well as other nurseries, and I am pretty well versed/experienced at predatory plant and bog gardening, so even though I have always been satisfied in the past, I think that the product on this order could have been a little more mature/better established before shipping them.

Quick to Bloom

Maybe not beginner friendly, Very sensitive plant but only after a few weeks it has given me a bloom, lovely light purple almost white. The leaves that had flies are dying back now. We will see how the new growth comes but it’s an adorable plant, just has specific care needs.

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