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PlantFiles: Eastern Purple Bladderwort
Utricularia purpurea

Family: Lentibulariaceae
Genus: Utricularia (yoo-trik-u-LAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)

Ponds and Aquatics
Carnivorous and Insectivorous

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

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Other details:
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Equilibrium On Mar 19, 2005, Equilibrium wrote:

Nice little species that is native to North America. This plant can be found growing in the MidWest as well as on the east coast on up to Maine. The species is also found occurring naturally in Cuba and Honduras. This carnivorous plant is an Aquatic macrophyte. Very hardy plant providing its cultural requirements are met. Nice blooms that add visual interest to a pond setting.

Neutral Floridian On Dec 29, 2004, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Purple Bladderwort is a carnivorous aquatic herb. The flowers are light purple to violet with a three lobed lower lip that is marked with yellow at the base. Its natural habitat is fresh or brackish water from the southeatern US to the West Indies. In Florida this plant blooms all year.

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