Pinguicula pumila Michx.
Small butterwort, Bog violet, Dwarf butterwort
Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort Family)
Synonym(s): Pinguicula pumila var. buswellii
USDA Symbol: PIPU4
Small butterwort grows 6–8 inches tall above a basal rosette of broad, succulent leaves. The few leaves form a rosette at the base of the plant and have a sticky surface that captures small insects. The margin of the leaf rolls inward over the insect until it is digested. There is 1 flower, whitish or pale violet, about 3/4 inch across, funnel-shaped, somewhat 2-lipped, with 5 petal-like lobes and a spur at the base, like a larkspur.
All Pinguicula spp. bear short glandular hairs, and clammy leaves designed to trap small insects.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Violet
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , OK , SC , TX
Native Distribution: Coastal plain from s.e. NC to s.e. TX
Native Habitat: Moist, sandy pinelands and savannas
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, acid, poor nutritive soils.
Conditions Comments: Prefers moist, damp areas.
BenefitInteresting Foliage: yes
PropagationDescription: Sow butterwort seeds as soon as mature on damp, long-fiber sphagnum. Keep moist is partial sunlight for germination in 90 days.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
BibliographyBibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pinguicula pumila in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pinguicula pumila in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-08-29
Research By: TWC Staff