This European species produces a rosette of flat, broad, green leaves that are sticky to the touch. It's usually the first cold hardy plant to emerge from winter dormancy. An adult plant is usually 3-4 inches across, but a few older specimens have approached 5-6 inches.
As an alpine plant,
Pinguicula grandiflora prefers cool nights. In mild maritime climates, it will continue to grow until the first frost of fall. It tends to struggle in very warm, humid climates, especially if nights are considerably warm. In this type of condition, it can die from exhaustion. If your nights are naturally cool (below 70°F), you could have considerable success with this plant.
Once dormant, the plant will remain beneath the soil until the following spring. Look for large purple flowers in April - May.
Plants You Receive
This plant is shipped in a 3-inch pot
All cold hardy plants are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon and experience the changes of the seasons. Care instructions are provided.
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United Kingdom and mountainous regions of Western Europe.
Type of Plant
Cold hardy perennial for outdoor growing.
Size of Adult Plants
Up to 6 inches in diameter.
Dappled to partial sun, 4 hours of direct sunlight. Avoid full shade.
Use mineral-free water or water low in minerals (less than 50 parts per million). Keep the soil wet by setting the plant in a dish of standing water.
Use 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite (or washed river sand). Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost.
March - September. Leaves will die back by Fall Equinox.
Hardy of winter frost. Mulch in USDA zones 7 and colder.