Pinguicula villosa L

BOTANICAL NAME: Pinguicula villosa L. RANGE: North American boreal (subarctic and arctic) region from Alaska across extreme northern Canada.

BOTANICAL NAME: Pinguicula villosa L. RANGE: North American boreal (subarctic and arctic) region from Alaska across extreme northern Canada.

FLOWERING SEASON: June to August. TRAP SEASON: Forms winter hibernacula.

DESCRIPTION. —P. villosa is a small rosette, barely 2-3 cm across, with pale green, somewhat obovate leaves. The scape characteristically has numerous long plant hairs over the lower portion; hence the specific epithet. The flower, which is about 1 cm across, is colored pale blue to violet (with a white form recorded) and has fine yellow venation and a weak beard. The spur averages 0.5 cm and is somewhat conical.

GENERAL.— This plant grows on sphagnum tufts and hummocks in the extreme northern part of the continent, where it is well adapted to the subarctic climate. We have not been able to cultivate this plant for protracted periods, probably because it requires cool temperatures and some approximation of the long, cool summer days and the dark, very frigid winters of P. villosa's natural habitat.

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