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Venus Flytrap

Dionaea muscipula

Also known as

Venus Vlieevanger (Afr.)

Photo by Austin Pursley (CC0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Frequent watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15cm

Max

15cm

13cm

Min

13cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Venus Flytrap Overview

Dionaea muscipula is the sole species in the genus Dionaea, this genus is part of the Droseraceae family. It is a highly adored and aesthetically pleasing plant, commonly known as the Venus Flytrap. This unique plant has sparked interest time and time again. Is carnivorous abilities and rapid trapping movement make it a fascinating choice. It consumes insects and sometimes even small frogs that become trapped in its modified, toothed leaves. If the prey struggles, the trap will close even tighter. Great to grow indoors and in containers, it is easy to grow in light, but not direct sunlight and with distilled or filtered water. It is definitely an unusual addition to your garden or home.

Common problems with Venus Flytrap

Venus Flytrap Companion Plants

How to harvest Venus Flytrap

When harvesting seed, look for the seed pods to appear after the plant flowers. Cut the seed pods from the plant using sharp scissors. Place or let them drop into a small bowl or cup. Break apart the seed heads to remove the small seeds inside. Spread the seeds on a layer of newspaper and leave them to dry in a well-ventilated area. This will take 2 - 3 days. Store the dried seeds until ready to plant.

How to propagate Venus Flytrap

Seed

Sow seeds on the surface of your medium of choice. Expect respectable growth in Spring and Summer if temperatures are warm, light levels are good and you water well.

Rhizomes

Reproduces via its rhizome. It never has more than seven leaves. If your plant has more then seven leaves, it has already split off another plant from the mother plant and you can look at the base.

Cuttings

Propagate from seed or leaf cuttings.

Division

Division in spring.

Special features of Venus Flytrap

Indoor plant

Makes an excellent indoor plant but requires more light than it can get on a typical house window sill. It needs a humid environment, so an arid or an air-conditioned room can lead to its death.

Attracts useful insects

It attracts wasps, flies, beetles among others serving as pollinators and prey. These insectivorous plants lure numerous insects including flies, etc. using a sweet smelling nectar.

Pot plant

Great plant to grow in containers. Use a deep tray to keep plant moist long after watering, but also drain to allow roots to breathe in between waterings. Only use filtered or distilled water.

Wet sites

Venus fly traps like being surrounded by water.

Other uses of Venus Flytrap

Bog, ornamental, greenhouse, indoors, container

Medicinal

Has been shown to contain naphthoquinones that may have medicinal value.