Photos: Barley Cove, Co.Cork
Solitary blue-violet, two-lipped flowers with lobes of lower lip diverging. Pale throat patch. Pointed spur. Ovoid seed capsule. Flower stems 6-18cm. Basal rosette of stalkless leaves covered with sticky glands to trap insects.
Overwinters as rootless bud. Hybrids with Large-flowered Butterwort occur occasionally (P. x scuyli).
Found in nutrient-poor bogs, rock crevices, open fens, mountain heaths. Frequent in N, W and centre, rare elsewhere in Ireland.
Common Butterwort. Barley Cove, Co.Cork. May 2008