Sunday, May 25, 2008

Venus Flytrap

Probably one of the coolest plants around. Jakob insisted on getting this even though I told him they are hard to keep alive. We did some checking and found some interesting tidbits. They occur naturally only in a small area in North Carolina and are now endangered. They are commercially grown from rhyzomes so they are not harvested from nature. They tend to grow in poor soils so they 'eat' bugs to get needed nutrients. They go dormant from mid-November to mid-February.

We already 'fed' this one a tiny caterpillar and it should take from 5 - 12 days to digest and reopen. The exoskeleton should be all that's left.

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