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Sweet Trumpet, Sarracenia rubra

sarracenia rubraIntroduction: Carnivorous plants have captured the attention and imagination of many people due to the fact that they consume insects.

This sarracenia produces bright green pitchers and red flowers. By the end of summer to early fall, its pitchers turn an intense yellow. The first frost of the season will cause the yellow pitchers to become a neon yellow. By the time winter arrives, the pitchers will have turned to a red color.

To fully appreciate these color changes, your plant should be grown outdoors.

Scarlet Bell Pitcher plant, Sarracenia leucophylla x S. psittacina

Scarlet Bell Pitcher plant, Sarracenia leucophylla x S. psittacina

Introduction: Carnivorous plants have captured the attention and imagination of many people due to the fact that they consume insects.

The Scarlet Belle hybrid is that of a white top pitcher (Sarracenia leucophylla) and the parrot pitcher (Sarracenia psittacina). It develops beautiful red pitchers speckled with white window spots. When fully mature, traps can approach 15 inches tall.

Tropical Pitcher Plants, Nepenthes ssp.

Nepenthes Judith Finn hybridIntroduction: Nepenthes have captured the attention and imagination of many people due to the fact that they consume insects. To catch their prey, they develop pitchers at the end of their leaves. The walls of the pitcher are very smooth. For the insect that slips and falls into the pitcher, they will find a digestive liquid at the bottom of the pitcher. Some pitchers get large enough and have been known to trap small vertebrates such as lizards, frogs, rodents and birds.

Purple Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea

Purple pitcher plant, Sarracenia purpureaIntroduction: Carnivorous plants have captured the attention and imagination of many people due to the fact that they consume insects.

Light: Sarracenia should receive at least 5-6 hours of full sun and 12-14 hours of light. Exposure to full sun allows the plant to produce large strong stems, leaves and traps. Inadequate light will produce spindly, weak plants.

Sundew, Drosera ssp.

Sundew DroseraIntroduction: Carnivorous plants have captured the attention and imagination of many people due to the fact that they consume insects. Aside from the diet, some species of Drosera are in a very small group of plants that are capable of rapid movements. Other plants that have this capability are Dionea, Bladderworts and Mimosa; with Dionea and Bladderworts curiously being carnivorous as well.

Drosera are found throughout the world. They can be found in most temperate to tropical climates. Most occupy swamps and bogs, but some are at home in mountain climates as well.

Venus Flytraps, Dionaea muscipula

Venus Flytraps, Dionaea muscipulaIntroduction: Venus Flytraps have captured the attention and imagination of many people due to the fact that they consume insects. Aside from the diet, Venus Flytraps are in a very small group of plants that are capable of rapid movements. Other plants that have this capability are Sundews, Bladderworts and Mimosa; with Sundews and Bladderworts curiously being carnivorous as well.