Beautiful Butterwort Plants For Your Flower Garden
If you are looking for interesting plants for your flower garden, then, butterworts can be your good option. Butterworts are carnivorous plants that belong to Lentibulariaceae family. The genus Pinguicula includes more than eighty species. Though its foliage is quite plain, most of the species produce beautiful flowers. These flowers can surely add visual interest to your flower garden. These flower garden plants grow to be 1 to 6 inches (3-16 cm) tall. Pinguicula produces spurred purple or white flowers June through August. The winter-resting buds, or hibernacula, can withstand very cold temperatures. Succulent leaves give off a musty smell that lures small insects. Each 1 to 2 inch (2-5 cm) leaf has a stalked gland and a sessile gland used to trap and digest prey. The insects may also get attracted to the plant in search of water, apart from the flowers. Once the insects come into contact with these leaves, an additional amount of this slimy liquid is released by the plant, thus, trapping the creature. Thereafter, enzymes are released and they begin to dissolve or break down the digestible components of the insect’s body. And the fluid that results is absorbed by the leaves.
The plant attracts tiny insects. Their struggle encourages the release of a digestive enzyme. Provided the plant is in correct light, temperature and moist conditions, the little butterwort will thrive. It is not bothered by many diseases or pests. The most important consideration for butterwort care in your flower garden is the quality and frequency of water. The plant cannot dry out or it may die. The type of water is crucial, however, as the plant is sensitive to certain minerals and concentrations of salt. Use rainwater if possible, otherwise purchase distilled water.