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 26 reviews
julie sealey
Cute, Tiny Ping

I’m fairly new to carnivorous plant (about 18 months experience), and pinguicula primuliflora is a more challenging plant, with the information provided, I’m not having and issues with this little plant there is even an itty bitty plantlet forming at the base.

The plant arrived healthy, safe and extremely well packaged. However purchasers need to be ready for these plant to arrive BARE ROOT!

Debora Leen
Love love love this!

I ordered a medium sized early butterwort.
Came well packed and wrapped in a still moist paper towel. The plant had several tiny babies attached. I managed to sort a few out for a start up for my grandson. It's been a few weeks now and all are doing great!

Andrea Mason
Doesn't ship well

I received a very dirty loosely wrapped bulb. (Wrapped in sphagnum moss and a paper towel. I planted it in a 80° temperature controlled, moist, full of moss and rocks, aquarium under grow lights. It's been 2 weeks and it hasn't died but it hasn't taken root or gotten any bigger and the leaves still aren't sticky to catch food. So I have to feed it a drop.


Well, it's still alive and with plenty of Nats to eat, I hope it does well.

Julia Feltes

I got two for one, both very very small but from what Ive read they are an easy plant that will grow before I know it! Slowly growing already.

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