Venus fly trap

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A crop of Venus Fly Traps.

When people hear of a carnivorous plant, their first thought is of the huge man eating plant from the Broadway show “Little Shop of Horrors”.  But the difference between Audrey II and the Venus Fly Trap is that the Venus Fly Trap does not eat humans – it eats small insects and spiders.

 

Venus Fly Traps are small flowering plants, with a mouth-like opening at the bottom of its stem to catch small insects.  Venus Fly Traps are native to select boggy areas in North and South Carolina.  These plants were even endangered at one point because of how popular they were becoming.  They are now mostly grown in green houses.

 

These plants require minimal care – high humidity, moist roots, and lots of sunlight. Their source of plant food is the insects they eat.  They are great little companions who rid your house of a pesky fly, spider, or fruit fly.

 

When an insect crawls into the trap, they walk onto trigger hairs which signal the trap to close.  If the object isn’t food, such as a stone, or a nut, the trap will reopen in about twelve hours and ‘spit’ it out.  These are great plants to give as gifts to children for them to observe and take care of.