Mexican & Tropical Butterworts (Pinguicula)

Mexican and tropical butterworts grow primarily in Mexico and Central America where winters are mild. Mexican butterworts in particular offer great diversity with many species discovered only recently.

It is a common mistake that Mexican and tropical butterworts like the wet peaty bogs typical of other carnivorous plants. In their natural habitats, they often grow in rocky, calcium-rich soils or on the faces of volcanic rocks which drain water quickly.

Many species and varieties of Mexican butterwort are heterophyllous which means they grow larger carnivorous leaves and smaller succulent leaves at different times of the year.  During their succulent phase, the plants prefer drier conditions.

Mexican butterworts are especially loved for their flowers. Some species like Pinguicula moctezumae can produce blooms year round. The flowers are quite tempting to hummingbirds with their bright shades of pink, purple, red, and every color in between.

For in-depth information on Mexican and tropical butterwort care, view our comprehensive care guides.

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