Dionaea muscipula

Venus flytrap

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Plant type

General houseplant

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Howard Rice, copyright GAP Photos (220180)
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The Venus flytrap is loved by children and adults alike. When an insect, attracted by the plant's nectar, touches the hairs inside the trap, the hinge mechanism is triggered and it slams shut. This traps the insect inside where it is broken down to give the plant essential nutrients. Found growing wild in bogs in North and South Carolina, US, the Venus flytrap needs moist, acidic soil. Grow it indoors in a mixture of equal parts of moss peat and lime-free sand in full or bright filtered light in a cool position. Keep the plant wet by standing it in a saucer of soft water. The plants are dormant in autumn and should be kept just moist until they come into growth again. To encourage more traps to be produced, pinch out any flower stems that appear. To propagate, sow the seed in spring at 10C to 13C (50F to 55F). Place the seed tray in a water tray to keep the compost moist.

Family: Droseraceae

Genus: Dionaea

Species: muscipula

Plant type: General houseplant

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 15cm

Spread: 15cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

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