The trap is a modified leaf which is divided into two halves and hinged along the centre. On each side of the trap there are three tiny trigger hairs. If triggered by an insect the trap will snap shut like a pair of jaws, imprisoning its victim. Inside the trap acid and enzymes pour from the digestive glands which devour the prey. Once the insect has been consumed the trap reopens for its next victim.
Venus Flytrap - Dionaea muscipula 'Dracula'
- These are bog plants mainly from America, they are fully hardy and easy to grow. They can be grown either as houseplants, in a greenhouse, or outside, as long as you follow a few simple guidelines:
- Only grow in moss peat (general purpose compost contains feed which will quickly kill carnivorous plants).
- Do not feed with anything (they feed themselves).
- Keep the peat constantly moist by standing the pot in a tray of rainwater and never allow to dry out. Do not use tap water.
- Many carnivorous plants need to become dormant and have a resting period during winter. It is best to leave them in a cold greenhouse over the winter. Remove any dead foliage, plants will regrow and flower the following Spring..