Carnivore Plants – Top 5 To Keep At Home
If you are new to carnivore plants, then deciding what ones to keep at home might seem like a daunting task. You will want to get one that is easy to care for, but are probably hoping to get the most interesting carnivorous plants available. Keeping the care requirements, the unique appearance, and the ‘cool factor’ of the commonly available carnivore plants in mind, here is a list of the top 5 you should consider growing at home!
5) Pitcher Plants – Nepenthes Pitcher Plants are definitely unique carnivore plants. They comprise approximately 120 species, and are mostly found in the old world tropics. They are classified as vine-forming carnivorous plants and some species can grow to monstrous proportions if properly cared for. These tropical pitcher plants are not necessarily easy to find in North America. If you are willing to do your research, you can find some incredible natural species and hybrid crosses.
4) Cobra Lily – There is only one species of pitcher plant in the Darlingtonia genus – the cobra lily. Darlingtonia californica are also known as cobra lilies because the pitcher very much resembles the snake that shares its name (there is even a leaf that is forked like the snake’s tongue). In cultivation, cobra lilies can be rather difficult to maintain. This is partly due to the requirement for cold running water for the root systems. Some sources even recommend using ice cubes near the roots on hotter days. Fortunately, many owners have developed systems to let this unique pitcher plant thrive. If you can succeed, cobra lilies are certainly worth the effort!
3) Butterwort – Butterworts are a group of carnivore plants that trap insects directly on their leaves. They belong to the species Pinguicula, and I like them partly because they aren’t instantly recognizable as a carnivorous plant. Their leaves are covered with a sticky substance that attracts insects, and there are also glands present to absorb the nutrients after digestion occurs. Butterworts also can keep you guessing – some species only produce carnivorous leaves during certain seasons. My favourite would have to be the neon green Pinguicula gigantea. They are not always easily available online though so keep your eyes open!
2) Sundews – Sundews, of the genus Drosera, have it all. They are extremely beautiful, come in a wide variety of colours, shapes, and sizes (up to 9 feet tall), and are readily available if you know where to look. Some of the 170 species are so extremely efficient at capturing insects that bugs make up this carnivore plant’s primary nutrient source. Sundews are also easy carnivorous plants seeds to germinate. If you are not convinced that Sundews are unique, have a look around this site for more pictures!
1) Venus Fly Traps – No list of the top carnivore plants would be complete without venus fly traps. Venus fly traps make it to the top of this list because so many people think of them when they want to start growing carnivorous plants. They probably have the most fun trapping mechanism to watch, and you can track the progress of a meal over time. With a little care, they will easily thrive in your home environment.
So there you go: a list of the top 5 carnivore plants to consider growing at home. I hope you found this list helpful. Why not buy a carnivorous plant today?