Blue Butterwort

By William T. Hathaway

Blue Butterwort (Pinguicula caerulea)

In the low pinelands and savannahs of southeastern North Carolina an amateur botanist, such as myself, is likely to fall within the magical spell of botanical variety. Rare plants that are not found in my home turf are common attractions in North Carolina's coastal plain.

The Blue Butterwort is a carnivorous (insectivorous) plant that certainly deserves attention. Its yellowish-green leaves are extraordinary in that the upturned leaf margins, combined with flypaper-like mucilage, slowly roll up and engulf visiting insects.

(See also other carnivorous plants.)