A Carnivorous Plant Sampler

pinguicalaprimuliflora (297x300)Pinguicula primuliflora – The Primrose Butterwort is native from South Mississippi over to Florida and normally goes through a 3-4 month dormant period. Single blooms of white to pale lavender (with a white eye and yellow throat) are borne above rosettes of tapered pale green leaves covered  in sticky hairs. Good houseplant in filtered light. Grows 4″ high by 4-6″. Zone 8.

droserafiliformis (300x297)Drosera filiformis – Thread-Leaved Sundew is an eastern North American native found from Nova Scotia right down to Louisiana. With the exception of the cultivar ‘Florida All Red’, this species requires a winter dormancy period. The upright leaves unfurl like a fern frond and are covered  in reddish hairs. Showy pink flowers. Grows 10″ high by 12 to 14″ wide. Hardy to zone 6-7.

dionaeapiranha (300x290)Dionaea muscipula ‘Red Piranha’ –  A newer Venus Fly Trap with deep red traps (that vary in colour with the season) and dentate teeth that resemble those of a piranha. It has a vigorous growth habit and bears starry white flowers with a contrasting red stigma. It requires a rest period, usually from November to March. Grows 3-4″ high by 7-8″ wide. Hardy to zone 8.

droseramultifida2 (294x300)Drosera binata var. multifida – The Fork-Leaved Sundew is a vigorous growing variety with forked branching (up to 16 forks per stem) much resembling antlers. It is an excellent hanging basket specimen as the branches often cascade and it produces white to pink spring flowers. The species is native to Australia and New Zealand. Grows 12″ high by 20″ wide. Hardy to zone 9.

pinguicalajohnrizzi (300x284)Pinguicula x ‘John Rizzi’ – An unknown hybrid or random cross-pollination made by hummingbirds, with Pinguicula moranensis being one of the parents. This Butterwort has deep magenta-pink flowers and rosettes of rounded undulating leaves, often tinted light rose. Insects are caught on the sticky glands covering the leaf surface. Grows 4″ high by 4-6″ wide. Keep between 55-80F.

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