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Interesting Facts

Venus Fly Traps are native to bogs in the coastal areas of North and South Carolina. The bogs are generally poor in nutrients, which is why this carnivorous plant needs to derive its nutrients from other sources. In this case the other sources are insects. The hairs on the insides of the traps that are used to trigger the closing mechanism need to be tripped twice in relatively close succession. This mechanism provides more selection for when the traps will close. Rain drops or a random pebble dropping in the trap generally will not trigger the trap because of this mechanism. Venus Fly Traps do flower and require insects to pollinate them. The plant produces a tall inflorescence of flowers that are held high above the traps so that potential pollinators are not "accidentally" digested. Besides each trap has a limited number of times for which it can close (some say only 7 times). When a trap closes and senses that it was a false alarm, the trap will slowly reopen again. After the trap's final triggering, the leaf will die. So if you like triggering the traps to close, keep in mind that it will only do so for a limited number of times before you kill off the leaf.

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Venus Fly Trap   (Dionaea muscipula)

Venus Flytrap

Venus Fly Traps have modified leaves that allow them to trap insects, which they use to derive nutrition. The traps are hinged, 2-lobed leaves with marginal spines. The leaf hairs on the insides of the traps are used to trigger the trap to close.

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Plant Types: Interior Plant, Perennial
Light: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Height: 6 inches to 1 foot 6 inches
Width: 6 inches
Zones: 7a to 11b
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Seasons: Early summer, Mid summer
Leaf Color: Green, Red
Special Features: Carnivorous, North American native, Wetlands plant
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Plant Care

Sow seeds in spring. Be sure that the temperatures do not get below 50°F. Be patient as often times germination rates are slow.

Plant Growth:

Venus Fly Traps can take full sun as they would in nature. When they get a lot of sun, their leaves will turn red to protect themselves from too much light. If growing indoors provide full or bright filtered light.

Soil and Irrigation:

Provide soggy soil (generally peat moss is used) that is acidic in pH. Since Venus Fly Traps are native to bogs with little nutritional value to the soil, water with too many nutrients can actually harm the development of the plant. Use distilled water for irrigation.


DO NOT FERTILIZE VENUS FLY TRAPS. They just can't handle it. Besides they get their own fertilizer from the insects that they trap.


Remove diseased or dead leaves by holding from the base of the leaf and pulling laterally. To promote the production of more traps, remove emerging floral stems.


Prone to crown rot and leaf spot.