This is a carnivorous bog plant. It actually blooms with a cluster of white flowers in May or June. It always wants to have its feet in water, and it needs to feed regularly. The more it eats, the faster it grows and the more it will need repotting.
On the pads of the trap, you will see some tiny hairs. These are the triggers. The trap is sprung when two or more of the hairs are touched. Requiring two hairs to be triggered prevents false closing – something that consumes a lot of energy for the plant. Each trap is good for about three feedings, or seven triggers.
Pronunciation: dy-OH-nee-uh musk-ip-oola
Species Meaning: Fly catching
Dionaea muscipula is native to North Carolina.
Potting soil should be a sand / peat combination and perlite should not be used. The sand should be well washed to remove any salts.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20124
We acquired this plant from NW Cactus & Succulents.