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Dionaea muscipula

 
Dionaea muscipula
My baby flytrap

Common name Venus fly trap
Family droseraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6-9)
Flowers white (May-June)
Size 6-12"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes moist soil

The most well-known of the carnivorous plants, with its photogenic spiny jaws that snap shut to catch their prey. Like most other carnivores, it's a bog plant; in our attempts thus far, I've not been successful at keeping it alive for more than a season, probably because I've not provided the required conditions for it to survive and thrive. And the fact that mice find it a tasty mid-winter treat doesn't help, either. I'm making another attempt this year, with a baby plant that I placed in a bog container (peat/sand mix, no holes in bottom of container, several drainage holes drilled around perimeter to allow bottom soil to stay wet while allowing the top layer to dry out) along with a few other carnivorous plants. I plan to take the container into the garage for the winter, but provide some hardware cloth screening to protect the plants from rummaging rodents.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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