Pinguicula agnata, "True Blue"

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Pinguicula agnata, "True Blue"

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Pinguicula aka butterwort is a carnivorous plant.  The leaves are covered with microscopic sessile glands that secrete mucilage that attract, capture and digest insects.  P. agnata is a mexican butterwort and should be grown under the tropical condition.  A sunny southern facing windowsills or under T5 fluorescent lamp would be sufficient for it to grow happily.  Mexican Pinguicula in general go through a dry season and a wet season as it should in the wild.  During the wet season, it generates wider and sticky carnivorous leaves and is a notorious fungus gnat catcher!  It is inevitable to occasionally experience fungus gnat infestation if you have a house plants or two.  Place a Pinguicula next to the infested pot.  It is so efficient in catching these insects, it will be covered with fungus gnats in no time!  When it's time for a dry season, it starts generating thicker but narrower non-carnivorous leaves almost look like succulent leaves. When that happens, keep it dry. It blooms profusely throughout the year regardless the wet/dry seasons.  Always use distilled water or rain water because carnivorous plants in general do not like minerals and too much nutrients in the water.  Do not fertilize the soil for the same reason.

 

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