Ultricularia is commonly known as Bladderwart. This species of water garden plant is carnivorous. It is strikingly similar to intelligent plants described in one of Douglas Adams books in the Hitchhikers Guide… series.
Bladderwart actually come in 215 diversely aquatic varieties (( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bladderwort))
Ultricularia Vulgaris, the kind found in Europe.
– Swollen Bladderwort, or Ultricularia Inflata
– Ultricularia Minor a plant mostly natural to the Great Lakes and New England area. This plant is commonly referred to as the Lesser Bladderwort.
– Ultricularia Resupinata, is the Reverse Bladderwort. A plant the inspires funny things to laugh about in ones own thought life. This plant is native to the eastern United States. And would be ideal for water gardens in that region.
– The Purpurea, or Purple Bladderwort is an Ultricularia variety that lives waiting for small fish and insects to be trapped by it in the acidic waters in Minnesota including surrounding States and Provinces.
Not unlike the deceased authors hilariously imaginary if universally adolescent exaggeration: These plants do have bladders.
They grow well in water trough planters. Complete Guide to Water Garden Plants By Helen Nash, Steve Stroupe, Perry Slocam, Bob Romar – Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. ((http://www.sterlingpublishing.com/ )) And they are sensitive to touch. The fibers on the bladders trap other creatures for digestion.
There are many semi-aquatic varieties such as Fairies Aprons Ultricularia Dichotoma- that live on trickling water rock faces, among other places.
If you’ve ever fancied the idea of being a spy novel nemesis, these lovelies are kind of dark little secret best kept between you and your lovely water garden. Here’s to hoping the neighbors don’t loose a Frisbee in your subtly quiet water garden.