Butterworts: Innocent and Carnivorous
These are two of my Butterworts, Pinguicula ‘Sethos’ and P. laueana, or Sethos hybrid Mexican butterwort and Red Mexican Butterwort. The Sethos is blooming, and has a light violet colored flower that brightens the room. Its leaves are coated with glands that secrete a sticky liquid on which insects land, only to struggle and cannot escape. In my house they are typically fungus gnats and fruit flies. These insects become mired in this liquid, while the plant is triggered to produce enzymes that digest them. This nutrient rich broth is then re-absorbed by the leaves, feeding the plant. These types of butterworts require little care, just a bright sunny window and moist but loose draining soil mix, and no fertilizer. I’ve had these plants for years.
They look so innocent. Its always the innocent ones..