Early Butterwort


Ease to Grow: Easy
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. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.

Height: 1" - 3+"
Plant Type: Perennial, Warm Temperate
Soil: Butterwort Mix or General CP 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 13 reviews
Jenny Saints
Early Butterwort Medium

Arrived on time and in great condition, it had some babies attached and is starting to flower. Definitely going to buy from here again.

Reecie Steadman
Early butterwort

Arrived pretty and healthy. I am excited to see where it goes from here. I have already planted it in its little bog. It seems to be thriving in this beautiful south Alabama weather. Happy growing!

Early Butterwort Medium

The Butterwort is very cute. It was wrapped really well, and it was shipped super fast. It was easy to pot and the roots were still moist when it arrived. I appreciate the directions that were included, as well as the information available on the website. I am thoroughly enjoying the Butterwort, and I would definitely purchase other plants from here.

Owen , Elizabeth
Happy repeat customer!

I ordered small butterworts a couple of months ago- I was so thrilled with them (they both are blooming now) that I ordered two more large ones. I was worried about the shipping as it is winter now, but they arrived very healthy and happy. The large ones are not really much bigger than the small ones I ordered- but I am happy with them all. There are lots of “baby plants” popping out underneath too!

Clayton Hunter
Awesome plants

Great plants with multiple plantlets for propagation. Will buy from this company again.

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