Growing carnivorous plants

Venus fly traps and more in my little shop of horrors

   Jan 03

How it all started: carnivorous plant fascination

I love David Attenborough, so was really excited when I saw that the Private Life of Plants BBC documentary series from the mid 90s was being repeated. When he started talking about venus fly traps I was particularly interested because when I was a child my siblings and I had a venus fly trap that […]

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   Jan 03

Why do carnivorous plants eat insects?

Most plants get their nourishment from sunshine, water and the soil. However carnivorous plants such as venus fly traps, pitcher plants and sundews evolved in areas where the soil was poor, so minerals and nutrients were hard to find.¬†By adapting over time, insectivorous plants learned that they could still get the food they needed, even […]

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   Jan 03

Sarracenia Purpurea or Sarracenia catesbaei?

This is one of my pitcher plants. These are a type of carnivorous plant which trap insects when they fall into the tall tubes created by their leaves. When I bought it, I bought a Sarracenia purpurea and a Sarracenia catesbaei, also called a Sarracenia oreophila, and I am unsure which is which! On the […]

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   Jan 03

Pinguicula x “Tina” Butterwort

This is my Pinguicula x “Tina”, a hybrid Mexican butterwort derived from the¬†Pinguicula agnata and Pinguicula zecheri. Butterworts look almost too pretty to be carnivorous plants, but they are very effective at luring, trapping and digesting small insects. Their leaves emit sticky liquid which traps any bug unfortunate enough to assume it’s a safe place […]

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