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Plant Details

Pinguicula pumila

Small Butterwort, Dwarf Butterwort, Bog Violet

Scientific Name:

Pinguicula pumila

Common Name:

Small Butterwort, Dwarf Butterwort, Bog Violet

Plant Family

Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

white to pale violet

Size in Feet:

scapes .5

Light:

full-sun, part-sun

Soil Moisture:

sub-mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

April - May

Bloom Area:

Coast

Habitat Description:

“Coastal Plain…pine savannas and wet pine flatwoods…(rare in NC)...(Carteret and Pender counties).” Weakley 2007

State Rank:

S2 - 6-20 Extant Populations - Imperiled in NC because of rarity or because of some factor(s) making it very vulnerable to extirpation from NC (*)

Global Rank:

G4 - 100-1000 Extant Populations - Apparently secure in the world, with many occurrences (*)

State Status:

SR - Significantly Rare (*)

Notes:

"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." Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Flower

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David Paynter, Holly Shelter, April 2012

Leaves

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Viewed from the side

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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