Dionaea Muscipula - 'Venus Flytrap'
Alien in appearance, and carnivorous in nature, these little monsters have delighted – and scared – plant lovers for years.
We can guarantee that no one calls the Dionaea Muscipula by its official name. In fact, so famous is the Venus Flytrap name that it’s appeared in music videos, tv and films (though usually presented as considerably larger). It the most well-known of the carnivorous plants with Charles Darwin describing it as "one of the most wonderful in the world" and once you view it snapping shut around its prey it’s hard not to agree.
Naturally, these plants are found in south-eastern North Carolina and north-eastern South Carolina, and it’s surprisingly adaptable considering its narrow distribution in the wild, and we hazard to guess to that's partly due to how it feeds.
This is a variety which can grow traps over 2.5cm, and use those traps to attract insects by releasing a scent which mimics fruits and flowers, as well as each trap secreting a sweet mucous which acts as an attractant along with red colouring which intensifies in bright summer sun, fooling the insect into thinking that it is a flower – beautiful, scary, and a bit creepy.
(All plants come in plastic grow pot unless otherwise stated)