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Wildflowers, What’s Blooming Series: Carnivorous Plants

While most plants get eaten by bugs, these plants do the eating!  In this issue of Wildflowers: What’s Blooming, we explore native carnivorous plants of Florida.  These special plants obtain their nutrients from trapping and consuming animals (typically insects):

carnivorous wildflowers

Note: It is illegal to pick or dig wildflowers from public property, but there are many species that can be purchased for landscape use.

2 Comments on “Wildflowers, What’s Blooming Series: Carnivorous Plants

  1. Can any carnivorous plants grow in South florida? We would like to do a display at our botanical garden in Davie, Florida and all the literature says that carnivore plants grow as far south as central florida. We are looking for carnivore plants that will best survive and how to best grow them (light, medium, water). We really like the tall Sarracenias. Suggested nurseries? Any help will be appreciated.

    • Hi Patricia, While some carnivorous plants may not grow in the wild in South Florida, I would think that if you were able to provide the right conditions (similar to the environmental conditions they experience in the wild) you would have success. However, depending on the genus, that will involve providing them with some cooler temperatures so that the plant can experience winter dormancy. According to my carnivorous plant book, Sarracenias do require a period of winter dormancy. They also prefer a planting media of 1:1 peat moss:sand and sphagnum, and require an acid wetland with water that is low in dissolved nutrients. I would suggest you consult with other botanical gardens in South Florida to see which plants they are growing, and select species that grow naturally down into Central FL as these are likely to be more tolerant of the tropical winter weather. I will also send you some additional information on carnivorous plant terrariums and bog gardens through email which you may find helpful.

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