Saturday, 9 February 2008

The carnivorous plant collection

These carnivorous plants are some of my absolute favourite plants in our collection: they're both pretty (in my opinion anyway!) and functional. They sit on the kitchen window sill and brighten the whole place up - and keep those pesky pantry moths down too.

The smaller plant on the left is a cobra lily (Darlingtonia californica), named for obvious reasons. The little "tongues" on these guys are fantastic, such interesting little plants. They're very fussy, but amazingly we've had some luck with this one.

The bigger plant is my own personal favourite: Sarracenia flava. It's colloquially known as a 'cut throat' because in more mature plants a red splattered line forms across the neck of the leaves, but I just liked it because the shape of the leaves look almost alien! For a while I had this plant sitting in my work office and it became the focus of many office conversations. People were always shocked to learn that it was carnivorous (although I never mentioned its colloquial name! That'd really freak em out) and they'd lose interest in it after that, like it was socially unacceptable to enjoy a plant that supplements its diet with bugs. I don't really know!

Below, on the left, of course we have the classic carnivorous plant: the Venus fly trap. This one is growing well in this position, with nice, large leaves during spring/summer. The central pot in this photo has a Sarracenia flava plant growing amongst two types of sun dews: a Drosera capensis and a bifucating sundew (Drosera binata; the leaves are two pronged).


Finally we have our Sarracenia leucophylla: white pitcher plant. You can definitely see from the top of the leaves that it's related to the cut throat above. Gib particularly liked the white head on this one, with red veins all through it. In the bottom of the pot you can see an extra little venus fly trap growing too; it was a freebie that just popped up in the pot. (The giant vine you can see on the decking in the background is a native passionfruit but unfortunately its fruit can't be eaten).

3 comments:

Aaron said...

You are supose to put your sarracenia outside so it can be healty and colorfull and stand up tall. Most people kill there carnivore plant because they don't get alot of light, you can put florencent light on top of it, make sure you use day light or cool whites and give your plant dormancy during the winter month you can go to sarracenia northwest.com and rear there care sheet.

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People were always shocked to learn that it was
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