Dionaea muscipula King Henry Flytrap

(135 reviews)

This variety of flytrap produces upright yellow traps. The mouths of the traps have a splash of reddish orange. It grows very vigorously and sends up multiple traps at once. It also produces larger than normal traps when it matures, up to 1 1/2 inches. Because of the long petioles, the leaves flop over due to the weight of the large traps. This is probably why it was called King Henry!

Type of Plant: Outdoor perennial for container growing.
Height: Up to 5 inches at maturity.
Sunlight: Full sun during the growing season.
Water: Low-mineral water (50 ppm or less).
Soil: Equal parts peat moss and perlite only.
Winter: Dormant. Minimal protection in USDA zones 7-9. Mulch in colder regions.

• Juvenile plant, acclimated for outdoor growing.
• Shipped in a 3-inch pot. Care instructions are included.

Photos illustrate summer growth. Appearance changes with the seasons at the time of shipping. See below for more information.

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Plants are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon.

January-March: Plant is dormant with few traps.
April: Spring growth will appear by the end of the month.
May: Still waking up. Fully developed traps will gradually appear.
June-August: Full display of traps.
September: Plant is slowing down. Upright traps start to drop.
October: Dormancy begins. Fewer traps. No new growth until spring.
November-December: Plant is dormant. Browned traps are cut off.

Monthly Care Video


  • 4
    Don’t leave in sitting water

    Posted by Kevin on April 28, 2023

    I followed the instructions given on the care sheet that was mailed to me. Put the plant in full sun outdoors after acclimating it in partial shade, kept it sitting in distilled water. The leaves turned black and died back but I thought it was just because I bought the plant while in dormancy in beginning of March. It’s late April now, the days are long, but the plant is barely pushing out a couple baby leaves. I was wondering why it was taking so long to wake up when my sarracenia are already in full bloom, and when I took a look at the rhizome it had root rot. Apparently you shouldn’t keep VFT in sitting water, and should let it dry somewhat inbetween watering . Plant still has a couple rhizomes that survived so 4/5 stars plant is still alive but don’t make the same mistake I did

  • 5
    Dionaea muscipula "King Henry Flytrap"

    Posted by Cecil Loving on March 9, 2023

    King Henry Flytrap's flight arrived here in the snowy Salt Lake valley in the best conditions. He received a drink of Salt Lake's greatest snow on earth snow water and then took its place in the garage with the other wintering plants, and is doing very well

  • 5

    Posted by Brian on February 5, 2023

    I received my king henery about a month ago. The plant I received while being dormant was clearly in excellent health. I was pleased to see that it had been packaged beautifully and that alot of love went into the early part of its life. It has woken up since then and is growing nicely. I have had a ton of new traps appear with no sign of slowing down. Love it and will be shopping thru thease guys again in the future.

  • 5
    King Henry in all its' glory!

    Posted by Vitina Tiso on February 5, 2023

    My flytrap arrived not fully dormant and I was able to see its' lovely color. It is supposed to be acclimated to outdoor living, but would it like to be kept in my sunny kitchen window? Thank you for all my wonderful plants that I have purchased from you through the years.

  • 5

    Posted by Lance on December 28, 2022

    Our King Henry arrived nicely. It's beautiful and doing great out in this wacky weather! Thank you!

  • 5

    Posted by tengfang wu on October 23, 2022

    Good care

  • 5
    Very Healthy

    Posted by James Smith on October 28, 2021

    The King Henry I received was very healthy and nice shape after being shipped.

  • 5

    Posted by Ross Christianson on July 15, 2020

  • 3
    Didnt see it was going to be {Sm}

    Posted by Neal Crowley on July 13, 2020

    the flytrap is doing great its a lot smaller then i thought it would be and the traps are pretty small to im hoping next year i will see bigger traps !

  • 5
    Arrived in excellent condition.

    Posted by Colleen Nielson on July 12, 2020

    Impressed with the condition they arrived in and the quality of the plant. Beautiful.

  • 5

    Posted by JL on June 14, 2020

  • 5

    Posted by Jess Undereiner on June 4, 2020