Observing a carnivorous Pinguicula on my Window Sill

Pinguicula enjoys its position on my well-lit window sill © Karen Netto (Andrews)

For House Plant Appreciation Day, I’ve put together a photo blog of observations on the Pinguicula, Butterwort, plant that I purchased just before Christmas. It was sold simply as a carnivorous plant. As this is not your standard house plant, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep it alive. I’ve been fascinated by its sticky leaf surface, the way the flowers are held high and turn to the light, etc.

Trapped fly on mucilaginous leaf surface. Note the curled up leaf edge
© Karen Netto (Andrews)
Newly emerging Pinguicula flower with spur and visible glandular hairs on leaf
© Karen Netto (Andrews)

Pinguicula is a member of the carnivorous Lentibulariaceae family. The Creative Commons illustration below shows how it catches prey on its mucilaginous leaves.

Ilustration Credit Noah Elhardt [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)]

Pinguicula may not be your standard house plant. It has been fascinating to observe on a daily basis. So far it hasn’t been difficult to keep alive on my window sill. I water it with rainwater and it catches its own flies.

© Karen Netto (Andrews)

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