Pinguicula vulgaris

Common Butterwort

Rosette of fleshy entire leaves. Leaves green to pale yellow-green, oval to egg-shaped, with inrolled edges. Upper leaf surface covered with sticky stalked glands that capture small insects; other stalkless glands then digest the insects. Stems thin, leafless, supporting single flower. Flowers deep violet-blue, rarely white, 1 in. across, 2-lipped, the upper lip with 2 lobes, lower lip longer with 3 lobes, throat hairy. Grows in wet serpentine banks, edges of streams, bogs, mossy seeps, from near coast to subalpine. Similar P. macroceras grows in moist rocky serpentine, has yellow-green leaves and spur.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 1--4 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal, Subalpine
  • Found In: Wallowas, Mt. Rainier Np, Siskiyous, N Cascades Np
  • Native: Yes