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Dionea muscipula - Venus fly trap

Carnivorous Plants

Dionea muscipula

Venus fly trap

Dionea muscipula, Venus fly trap, conjures memories of the little man-eating plant we all had or heard of as children. This botanical oddity has been called the worlds most famous carnivorous plant, quite a title! Native to southern North Carolina its habitat is roughly a 100 square mile radius west of Wilmington, NC. Its leaves are actually traps complete with 3 trigger hairs on the inside of each side. When a fly or other insect tickles these trigger hairs WHAM! The trap shuts and the fly is a goner! Dionea only reaches 4” max in height but flowers with a simple white flower that stands 6-10” above the foliage. Definitely hardy to zone 6 perhaps 5, this little creature is a must for any bog garden and will sure to appeal to the child in all of us!

Bloom Color

White

Dionea muscipula Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Mature Height
< 1'
Spread Characteristics
Clumping
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Pond Zonation
High Marsh - Saturated Soil
Foliage Color
Green
Plant Type
Bog/Marsh
Flowering Perennial
Attributes
Bog
Carnivorous
Container
Focal Point
Great Foliage
Native
Specimen
USDA Hardiness Zone
6
7
8
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