Utricularia longifolia - Short Leaf


Utricularia longifolia - Short Leaf

Ease to Grow: Easy.
Dormancy: No.
Native Range: Tropical Brazil.
Zones: 8-11 (6-12).

Utricularia longifolia-Shortleaf, the Shortleaf Long-leafed Bladderwort, is a perennial, terrestrial bladderwort with shorter lance shaped leaves, but large showy flowers. Leaves are typically 1-2" (2-5cm). It typically grows as an epiphyte, in and among the mosses of the upper branches of trees. It prefers live sphagnum or peaty soils that are constantly moist.  It has large subterrarian stolons that form swollen nodules, useful in propagation. Large bladders trap a variety of subterranean small critters, like nematodes. It flowers in Spring on long stalks with as many as 10+ flowers, each about the size of a quarter, lilac-pink in color with a golden blotch. Repot annually for best flowering. It has a dry winter rest period. It is a vigorous grower, and popular among CP growers. It is a great beginner's plant.

Height: 4+".
Plant Type: Perennial, tropical.
Soil: Live Sphagnum or Lower Bog Mix.
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, full sun outdoors.
Use: Grows well on the window sill, greenhouse and tall terrariums.

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