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Pinguicula caerulea (Blue butterwort)
Cressler, Alan

Pinguicula caerulea

Pinguicula caerulea Walter

Blue Butterwort, Blueflower Butterwort, Violet Butterwort

Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort Family)


USDA Symbol: PICA7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Blue Butterwort is a member of the bladderwort family (family Lentibulariaceae). Bladderworts are herbs of moist or aquatic habitats, usually carnivorous, with flowers solitary or in racemes.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 18 inches tall when flowering.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: FL , GA , NC , SC

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: OBL OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Pinguicula caerulea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pinguicula caerulea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pinguicula caerulea


Record Modified: 2023-02-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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