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Small butterwort
Pinguicula pumila

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 1-2 inches in height; to 6 inches when in flower. Taller than broad when in flower.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Eastern United States west to Texas and Oklahoma and south to the Monroe County Keys; northern Bahamas. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key. Rare or absent in Miami-Dade County outside of Everglades National Park. Perhaps extirpated in Broward County where last collected near Margate in 1963.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands and prairies.

Soils: Seasonally wet, well-drained to moderately well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Blue to violet, pink, yellow or white.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy, 3/8-1/2" wide.

Flowering Season: Winter-spring.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule.

Wildlife and Ecology: This is a carnivorous species, which traps small insects on its leaves.

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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