Name: Common Butterwort
Scientific name: Pinguicula vulgaris
Nature Stars: 80
About: An insectivorous plant, the butterwort excretes attractive, sticky fluids onto its leaves which curl around and digest trapped insects. Purple flowers appear May to July.
How to identify: Look for pale green and sticky leaves flat to the ground in a star arrangement around two or three upright flower stalks.
Where: Scotland, Wales and Northern Island have the highest concentration, with some scattered in England
Fantastic fact: The juices of the leaves, if rubbed into the udders of cows, were thought to protect against evil and bad butter.
Photograph credit: Philip Precey