Utricularia graminifolia

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Ease to Grow: Moderate
Dormancy: No
Native Range: Boggy wetlands, SE Asia
Zones: 12-13 (11-14)

Carnivorous Utricularia graminifolia, the Grass-leaved Bladderwort, is an-easy-to grow amphibious bladderwort from southeast Asia. It has "grass-like" leaves, and frequently forms broad mats. In its native habitat, it grows as a mat along the water margin, both in and out of the water. Utricularia graminifolia is a superb, foreground terrarium and aquarium plant, forming "carpets" of grassy patches.  When grown in pots of slurry peat, it flowers heavily. The plant grows as a branching network of fine stolons with grass like leaves above, and carnivorous bladders below. It prefers acidic water with a pH of 5.0-6.5, and benefits from CO2 injection, and regular trimming, which keeps it thick. It can be difficult to start, but easy, once established. With proper care, Utricularia graminifolia blooms from late Summer to early Fall with pretty, long-spurred lavender flowers with a yellow throat.

A portion is about 1" x 1.5", shipped in damp paper toweling or moss. May compact in shipping.

Length: 6+"
Plant Type: Perennial, Tropical
Soil: Aquatic, but will grow terrestrially in saturated soils.
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, partial sun outdoors
Use: Colorful addition to the garden pool and tropical aquarium

Customer Reviews

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Arrived in a little bag with no sense of what was root and what was leaf. Hard to plant, but has survived in my fishtank as a sort of tumbleweed. No idea what to do with it or how I was supposed to plant it.

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