Carnivorous Plants – Beauty, Intrigue, and so much Fun~!


It all started at Musikfest, when Brook and I bought a venus fly trap for $8. It came in a plastic “to go” cup with a lid on it. We brought it home and stuck that plastic cup into this gorgeous goblet (see photo). What a fun plant to own~! It has been a conversation piece with a show and tell action. Touch inside the traps, and they SNAP shut, surprisingly fast. We have laughed and practically squealed with guests as they tickle these pouches shut.  Our fly trap has grown and prospered… and eaten up the little bugs that used to hover around our plants. Venus Fly Trap ImageWe have gotten 4 of these for Brook’s Aunt for Christmas. Why 4? We have a $20 cap on pollyannas… they are small… and they cost $5 each. I’d have gotten her a $20 BIG monster, but couldn’t find one on short notice. I actually found her’s at Lowes. They come in a plastic terrarium box (see photo). When I took a closer look at these boxes, I noticed that there are maybe 6 different kinds of carnivorous plants illustrated here. So that got me curious…. what would these sketches look like in a photograph?Carnivorous Plants in Commercial  Packaging

Driven by curiosity, I went to my handy dandy “pinterest” account (pinterest is like a social network for images), and was able to find hundreds of images of amazing carnivorous plants. I saved over 200 images to my pin page~! Click here to see over 200 images of carnivorous plants .  But, I am including plenty of pictures here…. because WOW~!

Somewhere in these pictures, I think I saw that there are over 600 different kinds of carnivorous plants. The most common themes are what I’m calling goo-drops, pitcher plants, and traps. The pitchers contain fluid with digestive properties, like stomachs. The goo types are sticky fluid that must look like refreshing dew droplets, but catch insects. The traps end up being a bit like cages. On some level it is a bit sad. I found myself feeling bad for the trapped bugs in the photos, but I confess… less so for the bugs who used to torment us in our kitchen.

I won’t claim to be an expert~! That could happen in time, but it isn’t likely. I just think these are outrageous, and wanted to share them.  Here we go… with comments…

Let’s start with some PRETTY PITCHERS:

Carnivorous PlantPitcher plants are carnivorous plants whose prey-trapping mechanism features a deep cavity filled with liquid known as a pitfall trap. {Putting in the kitchen window, to keep out flies}Fanged pitcher plant (Nepenthes bicalcarata) - The tropical pitcher plants (Nepenthes) of Asia are amongst the largest and most spectacular of all carnivorous plants (4), being equipped with large, modified, pitcher-shaped leaves with which to trap and digest small organisms (5). These deadly traps hang from coiled tendrils, and are filled with acidic digestive juices. In order to prevent the digestive liquid from being diluted by rainwater, the pitchers are covered by small lids as they growCarnivorous Plants

Carnivorous plant

Here are some of the sticky “Goo-Drops” plants.

I gotta say, these photograph great~!

Sundew (carnivorous plant)

Sundews - Carnivorous plants of Australia

Gilles Tran © 1993-2009 www.oyonale.comClimbing Sundew by Wolfgang Glowacki, Tasmania. Carnivorous plants that live on the bodies of dead insects..yummy.

Drosera capensis  Sundews are carnivorous plants that utilize sticky drops of mucilage to trap and asphyxiate insects. Enzymes are then released to break down and absorb the prey.  Image

Kihokki, Arto Raappana (Drosera rotundifolia)sundew carnivorous plant

OH NO~!  


Watch this free instructional Twig video about Carnivorous Plants

Nepenthes Flava (Carnivorous plant) Froggy, thats a carnivorous plant your hiding in!

Don’t these next few look particularly fierce?~!


Nepenthes hamata, carnivorous pitcher plant

The amazing Carnivorous Plants of the world

The Cobra Lily:

Darlingtonia Californica - Carnivorous Pitcher PlantCarnivorous Darlingtonia Californica is undoubtedly one of the coolest looking plants on the planet.

I’d love to have a “caption contest” for this next fierce guy~!  Is he really vicious?

Or is he a plush muppet with string teeth?



Hydnora Africana _ Carnivorous Plant

Is this one pretty, or scary~!~?

Drosera regia: carnivorous

A pitcher full of water,

getting ready to make soup for dinner:

An inside look at carnivorous plants - SaraceniasSOUP’s ON~!Nepenthes sibuyanensis: insect-eating carnivorous plants in the liquid in their “wells”. Anecdotally the largest can hold 3.5 liters. water and rodents were found within them.

BIG and little….

pitchers come in ALL sizes:

Nepenthes robcantleyi 'Queen of Hearts' is a tropical pitcher plant (carnivorous plant)

Miniature Carnivorous Nepenthes Pitcher Plant Terrarium - to the Curious      Did you know that pitcher plants were so beautiful?

Charming in Terrariums:

Homage to the Curious

Deluxe terrarium with mosses and carnivorous pitcher plants.  Large enough to really hold the light among the leafs and lovely landscapingAdd (fake) bird eggs and carnivorous plants to make your Terrariums more interesting. (remember to fertilize)

Carnivorous plant terrarium, with upright growing sarracenias, sundews, and mosses. Vessel by roost.

Garden Show~!

Plant show in Seattle.... Preparing Carnivorous Plant Display by NextGenGardener, via Flickr

Books and Carnivorous Plant Clubs…

A whole sub-culture I never knew about~!The Savage Garden, Revised: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants

Victorian Carnivorous Plant Society

Worth Attention… USPS STAMPS~!

Carnivorous Plants / Insects  United States, 1981

Too CUTE to be DEADLY:

Drosera rotundifolia (the common sundew or round-leaved sundew) is a species of sundew, a carnivorous plant often found in bogs, marshes and fens. One of the most widespread sundew species, it is generally circumboreal, being found in all of northern Europe, much of Siberia, large parts of northern North America, Korea, Japan and is also found on New Guinea.Such a stunning shot of :: Drosera roraimae, Sundew, tepui "B", Canaima National Park, Bolivar, Venezuela ::D. Prolifera by ramamayoor - see others on flickr:

Butterwort - carnivorous plant


Carnivorous Plant I - Photography by Nancy MuellerCarnivorous Plant by njchow82, via Flickr

For the collector:

Spooky Plants for the Creepiest Centerpieces. Create a surreal scene with the flamelike stems of ‘Sticks on Fire’ Euphorbia tirucalli and a container of carnivorous plants. Here, Cobra plants (Darlingtonia californica) arch over smaller Venus flytraps and pitcher plants. Finish off the display with Swiss cheese vine (Monstera obliqua), planted in a low bowl so its leaves creep out onto the table.

This display of exotic insect-eating plants won Hampshire Carnivorous Plants another RHS gold medal and the coveted Tudor Rose Award in the floral marquee section.

Grow your own from seeds… warning: it takes time, but is said to be a fun growth process.

Desktop Carnivorous Plant Set Link

Click here to see over 200 images of carnivorous plants. When you follow the link, I’d like you to know that I didn’t write the captions on the photos. I’d also like you to know that many of these photos are actually links that will take you to the original sources. Some are plant experts. Some are nurseries who sell plants. Some are amazing photographers… and more. The links can lead to more fun, information, and beauty. Click TWICE to follow the links.

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2 responses »

  1. I have LONG wanted to cultivate some of these plants. Do have the book The Savage Garden – and have tried some – just no success for me – will definitely be following your Blog.
    G. Garrett in Louisiana.

    • I know about that book, but have not seen it in person. We just moved from PA to FL. In PA we knew to get a few small plants at Home Depot. That was where the madness began. Her in FL we found a pitcher plant at a Farmer’s Market. But, we would love to have more variety and a bit of a collection. I suspect some plants can be purchased online. Google and ebay can supply all kinds of needs~!

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