Herb: Bladderwort


Latin name: Utricularia vulgaris


Family: Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort Family)



Medicinal use of Bladderwort:

The whole plant is mildly astringent, diuretic and vulnerary.It is used as a poultice on wounds.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Flovering:
July to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Ponds, lakes and ditches, usually in relatively deep water.

Edible parts of Bladderwort:

Root. 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. Leaves. No more details are given. The juice of the plant is drunk for its rich mineral content.

Propagation of the herb:

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.

Cultivation of Bladderwort:

Ponds, lakes and ditches, usually in relatively deep water.

Known hazards of Utricularia vulgaris:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.