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Common butterwort Pinguicula vulgaris

Common butterwort is an insectivorous plant. Its bright yellow-green leaves excrete a sticky fluid that attracts unsuspecting insects; once trapped, the leaves slowly curl around their prey and digest it. The bogs, fens and damp heaths that common butterwort lives in do not provide it with enough nutrients, so it has evolved this carnivorous way of life to supplement its diet. It has purple flowers that appear from May to July, providing its other common names of 'Bog Violet' and 'Marsh Violet'.

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Common

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Did you know? Many years ago, people believed that rubbing the juices of the leaves of common butterwort into the udders of cows would protect against evil and bad butter; hence the common name.
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