11
Jun
15

Butter wouldn’t melt.

The pale green rosettes of Common Butterwort have appeared all over our marshy heaths. Less obvious is the fine stalk topped with the tiny vivid Cornflower blue blossom. This flower is the insect attractant; the bait. Some unsuspecting victim flies in expecting nectar or pollen only to become thwarted by all those fine sticky hairs. Dropping to the leaves the insect will be held fast by sticky foliage that will curl up around its victim and digest it!

The places Common Butterwort grow are so lacking in nutrients … it just has to obtain them any way it can!

Common Butterwort

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2 Responses to “Butter wouldn’t melt.”


  1. June 11, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Lovely image of a beautiful flower. Do you know any good locations for the bigger blue cornflower in North Norfolk? I always look out for them, but they seem to be rare, all of a sudden.


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