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Butterwort, Pinguicula moctezumae x gigantae

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Overview

Pinguicula gigantea, commonly known as Butterwort, is an ideal houseplant choice, making them one of the most straightforward carnivorous plants to cultivate. During the summer months, a warm and humid climate should be maintained, whereas during the winter season, a cooler and drier environment is recommended. As these conditions are similar to those typically found in a home, Butterwort can be grown successfully in a sunny window or under lighting. If a green thumb is capable of nurturing African violets, cultivating Mexican Pinguicula should present no difficulty.

Insects that land on Butterwort leaves instantly realize their mistake, mired in the strong glue of stalked glands. Struggling to escape, they pull more and more glue until overwhelmed, often leaving twitching legs. Even minute insects like springtails can be trapped by one or two glands.

Pinguicula moctezumae x gigantea is a hybrid which combines the best of both the parent plants; the strap-shaped green leaves which end in a point of moctezumae and the size of gigantea.

Botanical name

Pinguicula moctezumae x gigantae