Photographer: Kitty Kohout
Pinguicula vulgaris L.
common butterwort, violet butterwort
Pinguicula: from pinguis for "fat" referring to soft-fleshy greasy-like leaves
vulgaris: Latin for "common"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 2"-6" tall forb, digests tiny insects caught on the sticky, upper surface of the leaves|
|Flower: ||blue to purple, 5-parted, 3/4" long, 2 lips, 5 lobes, lower lip longer than the upper and extending into a spur; solitary on 2"-6" leafless stalk; blooms June-July|
|Leaf:||usually 3-6, basal, oval to elliptical, toothless, upper surface sticky|
|Habitat: ||cold, lakeshore cliffs|