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. We 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?
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:
Here are some of the sticky “Goo-Drops” plants.
I gotta say, these photograph great~!
LOOK OUT LITTLE FRIENDS~!
Don’t these next few look particularly fierce?~!
The Cobra Lily:
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?
WHAT oh WHAT is he SAYING?
Is this one pretty, or scary~!~?
A pitcher full of water,
getting ready to make soup for dinner:
BIG and little….
pitchers come in ALL sizes:
Charming in Terrariums:
Books and Carnivorous Plant Clubs…
A whole sub-culture I never knew about~!
Worth Attention… USPS STAMPS~!
Too CUTE to be DEADLY:
Too ELEGANT to be DEADLY:
For the collector:
Grow your own from seeds… warning: it takes time, but is said to be a fun growth process.
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.