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Utricularia vulgaris - L.
                 
Common Name Bladderwort
Family Lentibulariaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Ponds, lakes and ditches, usually in relatively deep water[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Norway south and east to N. Africa, temperate Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Water Plants Full sun

Summary

Utricularia vulgaris Bladderwort


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Utricularia vulgaris Bladderwort
   
Physical Characteristics
 
Utricularia vulgaris is a PERENNIAL.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It can grow in water.

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Habitats
 Pond;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses: Drink.

Root[179]. No more details are given, but the root can be up to 1 metre long though it is rather thin. Another report says that this is a floating aquatic plant with submerged root-like capillary branches[7]. Leaves[179]. No more details are given. The juice of the plant is drunk for its rich mineral content[7].
Medicinal Uses


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Diuretic;  Vulnerary.

The whole plant is mildly astringent, diuretic and vulnerary[7].It is used as a poultice on wounds[7].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
A free-floating water plant[188], it requires acid conditions[200] and is most commonly found in deep water[17]. This species can become a noxious weed in rice paddies[274]. An insectivores plant[200]. The plant possesses bladders with trap doors. Most of the water is pumped out of the bladder, resulting in a lower pressure inside the bladder than outside. When a tiny (usually microscopic) creature touches one of the trigger hairs on the door, the door opens allowing water to rush in and carry the animal with it - the process taking just a small fraction of a second. The trap door closes and the animal is digested by the plant[274]. An aggregate species[17].
Propagation
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe on the surface of a pot of acid compost that is immersed in water. Division should be possible in the growing season[188].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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