Ease to Grow: Easy.
Native Range: Highlands of Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Zones: 10-11 (8-12).
The Esseriana Butterwort, Pinguicula esseriana, is a charming easy to grow Mexican butterwort with a small (±1/2") and tight rosette of lime green spatulate-shape leaves. The margins curl upward and often appear white, providing striking highlights across this carnivorous plant. It has short, shiny carnivorous leaves in the warm, wet Summer, and only slightly smaller succulent leaves in the cool, dry Winter. It prefers drier, loose, alkaline soils, and partial shade with warm, wet Summers and cooler, dry Winters. In its native habitat, it occurs within humus filled crevices of limestone cliffs. It flowers in late Spring with several pink flowers. It benefits from the addition of a small amount of pellet limestone added to the soil (1 teaspoon/4" pot). The Esseriana Butterwort does well on window sills, plant carts and greenhouses. Our Esseriana Butterworts are propagated from leaf pulls.
Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.
Plant Type: Perennial, tropical.
Soil: Butterwort Mix or General CP Mix.
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, partial sun outdoors.
Use: Grows well indoors and greenhouse. It is an excellent terrarium plant.