Venus Fly Traps / Dionaea muscipula

dionaeadentata (300x294)Dionaea muscipula ‘Dentate Traps’ (syn. ‘Dentata’) – This Venus Fly Trap has unique short triangular trap spines without the typical hairs, which become more prominent with age. It was discovered in the mid 1970’s among a group of specimens collected from the wild. Produces true from seed but most  specimens are cloned. Grows 5-6″ high by 8″ wide. Zone 7.

diochocolate (300x289)Dionaea muscipula ‘Akai Ryu’ (syn. ‘Red Dragon’) – This cloned or tissue-cultured cultivar has rich burgundy-red colouring both inside and outside the traps, as well as on the leaf blades. It was created by Ron Gagliardo of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens by crossing ‘Holland Red’ with a ‘Sawtooth’. Best colouring in a full sun exposure. Grows 4-6″ high by 8″ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

dionlime (300x294)Dionaea muscipula ‘Justina Davis’ – This cultivar of Venus Fly Trap features bright lime or chartreuse traps and foliage, with only an occasional hint of pale pink within the traps as they open. It was introduced in 2006 by Barry Rice and was named after the wife of the governor of North Carolina (c. 1762). Overwinter in a north-facing window. Grows 5-7″ high by 8″ wide. Zone 7.

dionpurple (300x292)Dionaea muscipula ‘Giant Red’ – An introduction propagated from seed stock by The Urban Bog of Vancouver. It features large red traps (close to 2″ long) as well as rich burgundy-red stalks when grown in full sun. Venus Fly Traps should be kept evenly moist during dormancy (lasting 3 to 4 months), but should not sit in water at this time. Grows 6″ high by 8″ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

dionaeaallgreen (300x292)Dionaea muscipula ‘All Green’ –  Another cloned introduction coming out of The Urban Bog in Vancouver that features all-green traps and stalks. It is also shorter-leaved and lower growing than most Venus Fly Traps. Dionaea should only be irrigated with either distilled water or rain. Plant in 50% sphagnum peat moss and 50% medium perlite. Grows 3-4″ high by 7-8″. Zone 7.

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