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Pinguicula caerulea

Description

Pinguicula caerulea grows in a moist, sandy environment such as bogs and ditches.  It is not recommended as a landscape plant.  

The leaves are covered with tiny hairs that secrete a sticky substance that attracts insects, looks like water droplets.  When the insect lands on the leaves, the margin curl and trap the insect.  The enzymes secreted will digest the insect.

This plant is typically found in the sandhills of North and South Carolina.

Cultivars:
Tags:
#native#deciduous#herbs#carnivorous#wildflowers
Cultivars:
Tags:
#native#deciduous#herbs#carnivorous#wildflowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pinguicula
    Species:
    caerulea
    Family:
    Lentibulariaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Carnivorous
    Herb
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    NC Region:
    Coastal
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Violet flower on a leafless, sticky, hairy stalk. Corolla has five deeply notched lobes and a spur.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Up to 2" yellow-green strap-like, shiny, sticky basal leaves with rolled-up edges
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden