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Dionaea muscipula "Venus Flytrap"
Venus Flytrap

Price: $11.95
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Stock Status: In Stock
Item Number:: 14011

General Description
The Venus flytrap is the most famous of the carnivorous plants and a classic in anyone's collection. It is the source of imagination of many science fiction writers and growers alike, and everyone takes delight in seeing the traps close on unsuspecting insects.

The Venus flytrap captures insects by an active trapping mechanism. When an insect touches one of six sensitive trigger hairs found inside the trap, the trap snaps shut. Soon the trap secretes digestive fluids that improve absorption of tasty nutrients. After 7-10 days of feasting, the trap reopens. Only the indigestible outer parts remain. One fact that many people overlook, however, is that the Venus flytrap is native to North Carolina. This American native experiences snow in the winter and the hot sun in summer. Adult plants can have traps measuring up to an inch.
Plants You Receive
Your plant will be shipped potted in a 3-inch pot. Plants may need an additional growing season to reach flowering maturity.

All cold hardy plants are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon and experience the changes of the seasons. Care instructions are provided.

Please watch the monthly videos for examples of how your plant may look at this time of the year and important growing tips for the season.

Natural Habitat
Coastal plains of North Carolina

Type of Plant
Cold hardy perennial for outdoor growing.

Size of Adult Plants
2-3 inches tall.

Full sun, 6 or more hours of direct sunlight.

Use mineral-free water or water low in minerals (less than 50 parts per million). Keep the soil wet by setting the plant in a dish of standing water.

Use 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite (or washed river sand). Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost.

Growing Season
May - October. Plant goes dormant at the onset of frost.

Winter Care
Hardy of winter frost. Mulch in USDA zones 7 and colder.

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5 of 5 July 12, 2020
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Vancouver, WA United States  

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5 of 5 Plant was healthy, growing, and recently fed! July 9, 2020
Reviewer: Emilee from Saratoga Springs, UT United States  
My 5 yo son, who is currently obsessed with carnivorous plants, was so excited to receive this little flytrap in the mail. I was pleased to see that it was a very healthy little plant with lots of traps (one having recently eaten) and several growing. Over the past month, the plant has flourished on our doorstep. We have followed the included instructions and have had a lot of success so far. My son loves to feed it ants and caterpillars he pulls off our vegetable plants. Thank you so much, Sarracenia Northwest, for providing a wonderful resource for buy and learning about these weird and wonderful plants!

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5 of 5 Awesome delivery and plants May 10, 2020
Reviewer: Shanature from Sonoma County, CA United States  
I love my new Venus fly trap. The instructions pamphlets set me up to take good care of the new plants, as they are my first carnivorous plants. For example, I bought hastily thinking I could keep it in a darkish room to take care of the fruit fly problem. The pamphlet and plant tag made it very clear that Venus fly traps are actually cold hardy perennials that need as much sun as they can get, and can/should stay outside in the sun. Also, I now know to keep the soil boggy at all times. Who knew? And a month later, my plant is so happy and putting up bigger and taller shoots each week.

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5 of 5 May 10, 2020
Reviewer: Nathan Miller from Newberg, OR United States  
The plant arrived crowded with a couple dozen traps.  It's a week into May and it's just now starting to open up and get growing.

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5 of 5 Great plants May 10, 2020
Reviewer: Ronnie Cramer from Chattanooga, TN United States  

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