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.
All cold hardy plants are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon and experience the changes of the seasons. Care instructions are provided.
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Coastal plains of North Carolina
Type of Plant
Cold hardy perennial for outdoor growing.
Size of Adult Plants
5 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.
May - October. Plant goes dormant at the onset of frost.
Hardy of winter frost. Mulch in USDA zones 7 and colder.