This small, delicate looking but carnivorous plant will trap and digest insects with the help of its sticky, glandular, bright green leaves. The mauve flowers are highly attractive, which is the reason why a few hybrids are also cultivated.
It is a highly adaptable carnivorous plant and it was amazing after see it growing in Ontario to found it on sub-alpine moist meadows in the Carpathian Mts.! It will look great around the pond areas, bog gardens or in a moist rockery crevice. Being native from areas with cold winters, it produces a winter-resting bud (called hibernaculum) that can be used for vegetative propagation.
Other uses: Interestingly enough, in the northern regions of Europe butterwort leaves were known to have bactericidal properties; for example, traditional uses included healing cattle sores and to curdle milk.
Germination: after a cold-moist treatment for 8-12 weeks. In regions with cold winters it can be sown in pots in the fall and left outside.