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A close-up picture of a light green Pinguicula plant


Pinguicula, or butterworts, have sticky carnivorous leaves that attract, trap, and digest insects like fungus gnats and ants. Like other carnivorous plants, the additional nutrients from these insects supplements the nutrient poor habitats they have evolved in. Most pinguicula cycle between rosettes comprised of carnivorous and non-carnivorous leaves throughout the year. Generally, they will resume carnivorous leaves from early spring through summer. 

Potting Media

Pinguicula can be potted in a mixture of peat moss, perlite, and sand. We recommend a 50:30:20 mix respectively. Remember to only use horticultural grade sand or make sure it is free of salt. Like most other carnivorous plants, avoid any media with fertilizers such as MiracleGro. 

Grow Guide

Pinguicula can be grown in shallow bogs next to many other types of carnivorous plants. In general, they can sit in standing water all year round. Like all other carnivores, Pinguicula appreciate clean water that is low in total dissolved solids (TDS). Depending on where you live, this can be straight from the tap or filtered through a DI or similar system. 

During the cooler months, depending on the species or hybrid, your Pinguicula may transition to non-carnivorous leaves or fully go dormant. During this period, you can lower the water level to keep them a little drier. Pinguicula can be grown in household conditions on a sunny windowsill or under grow lights.