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Butterwort Care


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The  Butterwort Pinguicula plant is a seemingly harmless little plant with its delicate little blue, pink or red flowers that appear in summer.

However, the flowers are held on long, thin stems above a rosette of lime green leaves, which are coated with a sticky mucilage.

This sticky mucilage attracts and traps unsuspecting insects such as flies and fungus gnats.

An enzyme in the leaves then digests the prey of this innocent looking plant.

In terms of height and spread, the plant will grow to 6’’H x 4” W (15cm x 10cm).

Butterwort Care

Given the right conditions, the butterwort plant is definitely an easy to care for carnivorous plant. Just follow these simple tips and you should have a happy, long lasting indoor plant.  


Plant in a pot measuring between 4-6 inches in height, filling with a specialist carnivorous potting mix, or create your own mix of silica sand, sphagnum moss and perlite at a ratio of 3:1:1.

[Important: Never use potting mix.]


Set in a bright filtered light out of direct summer sun.  


Butterworts will do best in temperatures ranging from 65-85 F (18 – 29 C).


Keep moist by watering from above with rainwater or distilled water.  

If the plant becomes dormant, usually during winter, reduce watering and allow the top of the soil to dry out before re-watering.


No need to feed a Butterwort, as it should be able to attract 2-3 insects per month in order to thrive.

Other Tips

Plants can become dormant any time of year when they will grow small fleshy leaves. It’s a good idea to repot the plant when dormant.

Types of Butterwort Plants


common butterwort flower up close

Common Butterwort




Mexican Butterwort



Primrose Butterwort in front of common butterworts

Primrose Butterwort


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Christine Mattner

What started out as purely a desire to keep my indoor plants alive has turned into a full-blown passion for sharing what I have learned over the years about selecting, growing and caring for indoor plants with those who may be new to the wonderful world of houseplants.

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