PlantsUtricularia→Bladderwort (Utricularia bisquamata)

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: In Water
Plant Height: ground level.
Plant Spread: Will spread pretty much anywhere, and strongly suggest keeping it far away from other wet areas.
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Tiny leaves, barely visible.
Fruit: Other
Fruiting Time: Year Round
Flowers: Showy
Other: Showy is only for 'Bettys bay', which has large flowers. U. bisquamata itself has tiny flowers.
Flower Color: Lavender
Other: Has a yellow "chin" at the bottom, and small purple/white fringe. 'Bettys Bay' has large fringes of bright purple and large yellow centers.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Year Round
Inflorescence Height: Both 'Bettys bay' and the species itself are 2-3 inches tall.
Foliage Mound Height: ground level.
Suitable Locations: Terrariums
Bog gardening
Uses: Water gardens
Suitable for miniature gardens
Resistances: Flood Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Other info: Will germinate easily. It is known to self seed profusely, making it an annoying weed. 'Bettys Bay' is very tame and doesn't self seed.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by sedumzz ((location) Virginia - Zone 7a) on Sep 10, 2021 6:47 PM

~~"Forms" Of Utricularia Bisquamata~~
I want them all!! Hahahaha...

"Big Purple" (NOW KNOWN AS BETTYS BAY)- Common in many European collections, but not widespread here in the U.S. Origin/History is not known. But, recently, it's known that this is actualy BETTYS BAY!! So, it is now a cultivar!

"Tablemountain" (aka. "Tablemountain Pink") - From Tablemountain, which is in Capetown. Pinker than "Big Purple". Unlike most of the other bisqs, it does not have the purple stripes on the top "lip" of the flower.

"Tablemountain White" - 100% white, with no purple pigment. Apparently, the spurs on this form are much wider.

"Wide Form" - Bottom "lip" is very wide.

"esterhuyseniae" - Vibrant purple. It was originally discovered in Hermanus, the spur is straight is curves 90 degrees from the bottom "lip"

"small" - Also discovered near Tablemountain. It is one of the most common "weedy" bisqs.

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Posted by sedumzz ((location) Virginia - Zone 7a) on Sep 10, 2021 6:09 AM

Often considered a "weed"

I think it looks very pretty mixed in with other bog plants, especially with other utrics.

If you search this plant on Google, most of the plants display UTRICULARIA BISQUAMATA 'BETTYS BAY', the showier cultivar.

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