Hort Short: Beauty with a Bite

Tucked deep in the Lou Glenn Children’s Garden, carnivorous plants are attracting more than just insects! These attention-grabbing native pitcher plants and Venus fly-traps have eye-catching flowers hoisted high above the danger to pollinating insects.

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Sarracenia alata

This strategy allows them to make seeds for the next generation of plants while ensuring that they don’t accidentally eat the pollinators providing them a service!

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Sarracenia leucophylla

Most carnivorous plants enjoy wet, boggy soil and full exposure to the sun. Under the right conditions, Venus fly-traps take four to five years to reach maturity before they will flower.

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Dionaea muscipula ‘Akai Ryu’

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