As their name suggests, this fascinating plant family actually eats insects. They are extremely tenacious, growing in some of the world’s most hostile environments, from acidic bogs, to alkaline wastelands, steamy jungle swamps to glacial runoffs.
There are over 600 known species, in three dominant groups:
- Venus Fly Traps- Sticky, spiny leaves that resemble toothy jaws trap prey by snapping shut.
- Pitcher Plants- Tall, trumpet-shaped leaf tubes drown curious insects in digestive juices.
- Sundews- These look like sea urchins, and trap prey with sticky hairs that cover their leaves.
how this nature nurtures you
Natural pest control! Tuck one of these on your kitchen windowsill to catch mosquitoes and fruit flies. These plants represent adaptability and persistence. They thrive where others would fail, reminding us to embrace our own unique strengths to adapt to challenges.
how to nurture your nature
ORIGINFound in a variety of regions worldwide.
WATERKeep continually moist in free-draining soil. Sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals found in tap water. They prefer distilled or rainwater.
LIGHTDepends on the species, but they generally like bright, indirect light.
TEMPERATURERoom temperature, 17-24 degrees celsius, and warmer.
HUMIDITYThey love humidity. Mist often, or set on a pebble tray with water.
TOXICITYNon-toxic to humans and animals (except insects)
FERTILIZERDiluted fish fertilizer applied to the leaves, rather than the soil, once per month.
Learn more about the common Venus Fly Trap