Utricularia dichotoma

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Utricularia dichotoma

Ease to Grow: Easy.
Dormancy: No.
Native Range: Tropical Australia and New Zealand.
Zones: 8-11 (6-12).

Utricularia dichotoma is commonly called Fairy Aprons. It is a perennial, amphibious bladderwort that is easy to grow. It prefers sandy peat that is constantly moist and can spread quickly. The terrestrial leaves are typically oval and spatulate.  When it is grown as an aquatic, the leaves are usually narrow and lanceolate. The very tiny bladder traps form in the soil, and catch small critters, like ciliates. The flowers resemble dainty aprons with small pink tops, yellow crest and wide purple skirts. Flowers often occur in pairs and there can be several pairs on a flower stalk, hence the latin name, dichotoma. It flowers in the Spring and Fall. Avoid frost. It can be grown as a foreground plant in a tropical aquarium, where it forms fine carpets, similar to U. graminifolia. It is great in a terrarium, and does well in the window and greenhouse.

Height: 1/2+".
Plant Type: Perennial, tropical.
Soil: Lower Bog Mix.
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, full sun outdoors.
Use: Grows well on the window sill, greenhouse, terrariums and aquariums.

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