Venus Flytrap facts

There are several strange but true Venus Flytrap facts that are worth telling.

The Venus Flytrap plant, unlike most plants, actively seeks insects, not to pollinate, but to feed on! You see, Venus Flytrap plants grow in soils that are poor in nutrients. And Venus Flytraps catch insects and digest them for the nutrients that they cannot get from soil.

Here are a few interesting facts about Venus Flytraps:

Venus Flytrap plants are not tropical plants.

Venus Flytrap plants are native to North America.

The only place in the world that you can see native Venus Flytrap plants grow are on the coast of North and South Carolina, in the United States of America.

These plants live in bogs.

Venus Flytrap plants do not eat meat. (Don't feed them hamburger!)

Venus Flytrap plants catch and digest insects. Venus Flytrap plants even catch and digest small frogs.

Each trap is only good for 4 to 6 catches. After that, the trap withers, turns brown, and falls off.

More Venus Flytrap Facts:

Want more Venus Flytrap facts? How about these facts?:

Each trap has six trigger hairs, three on each lobe.

It takes two stimulations of one hair to trigger the trap.

It takes approximately 10 days for the Venus Flytrap to completely digest an insect, and reopen its trap.

Most Venus Flytrap plants purchased from stores are tissue cultured (micropropageted), or are natural divisions of known cultivars or clones.

Venus Flytrap plants grown from seeds are all different and unique. Each seed grown plant is genetically unique.

Growing Venus Flytrap Facts:

Venus Flytrap plants love 14 hours of sunlight each day.

Flytraps go dormant for 4 to 5 months, from Halloween to Valentines day. (Scary to Lovers!)

Venus flytrap plants need well drained soil. No wet feet.

More Facts:

Venus Flytrap plants need nutrient poor soil. Add fertilizer to the soil and you will kill the plant.

If you have more fun Venus Flytrap facts that you would like to share, be sure to add your comment in the box below.

Although these are fun facts, they are also intended to teach you that the Venus Flytrap is not only fascinating to grow and care for, but fun!


Venus Flytrap Facts — 98 Comments

  1. Mike.. love your web site. I haven’t had a Venus fly trap in a long time..your site has encouraged me to get another one. You are so willing to help! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer people’s questions…it means a lot! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • You are welcome Brenda. I do hope you purchase another Venus Flytrap plant, and use the information in this website to grow it successfully.

      Have fun and let us know how it goes.


  2. Hi. I bought a venus fly trap yesterday. I. I put it in a bigger pot with some well draining soil. And used distilled water. It’s getting at least 4 hours of sunlight a day. But it is going soft. Please help

    • Vik, you need to give it time. Plants often wilt after being transplanted.

      And the light amount may not be enough long term. Can you find another location with longer light?


  3. you said that the flytrap cant eat meat,but it eats frog meat? i would like to know:does it only eat “FROG” meat and no other meat? Plz respond to my question? I will be looking forward to your response:) thanks for the awesome information about the venus flytrap!

  4. I have to look up the Venus Flytrap for a project and I would like to know, What plant did the Venus Flytrap evolve from? I’ve read your page and couldn’t find a direct answer. (Or maybe I’m blind).

    • They can get big but they do grow sloooooowly… you can try a hanging pot, but you have to keep the soil medium really moist… remember that. – Mike

  5. Wow!! What an informative website and TOTALLY interesting, too!! I’m 28 years old now, but when I was younger (WAAAY younger, LOL), every time my mom and I went somewhere and I saw these plants for sale, I ALWAYS begged her to buy me one, which, she usually did. They were always the ‘baby’ ones the stores would have up at the register (as an ‘impulse buy’ item, I’m guessing) that come in a plastic ‘cylinder-like’ container with holes on the top and sold for around $5.00USD. Anyway, I could NEVER keep them alive (granted, I was probably around 6-7 years old), and after reading your website, I now know why!! I was treating them like one would treat a common Impatient, instead of the delicate and unique plants that they are.
    Well, yesterday at Walmart, I saw a few little VFT’s again up at the register, and just couldn’t resist trying my luck one more time, except this time, I was determined to research their PROPER care before doing a SINGLE thing to it, and I’m SO glad I did!! My fiancรฉe just had a bit of oral surgery done yesterday and he really ADORES his plants (he’s a Botany major) and I think a Venus Flytrap would be a PERFECT addition to his collection (and a pretty nifty ‘get well’ gift, too, LOL!!) I’ve already compiled and printed him off a ‘care sheet’ to go with the plant (just in case he’s as clueless as I was at first ๐Ÿ˜ž), then I’m sure we’ll be out the door with a PROPER ‘supplies’ list, giddy with excitement at the prospect of watching our new, fascinating ‘friend’ flourish (FINGERS CROSSED) due to our newfound knowledge!! ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Thank you, Mike, for all the AWESOME (and thorough) information you’ve provided!! I can already feel myself turning into a VFT/carnivorous plant enthusiast as we speak, LOL!! ๐Ÿ˜„

  6. Hi,
    I happen to live about 15 miles from Wilmington, NC where venus flytraps are a native species. I would like to plant some in my back yard. Do you have any advise about planting and placement or types of flytraps that would grow best? I was also wondering if sundews, pitcher plants or any other types of carnivorous plants would grow well here.

    • Peg,

      Definitely you can grow Venus Flytrap plants with little or no adjustment. But remember, if you plant them outside, then they will get cold weather and will go through a dormant cycle. Other types of carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants are usually native to Central America, and will not survive a North American winter… I lived for a while in California, near San Francisco, and grew Cobra Lily plants outside in the ground, and they seemed to do well.

      Look at the USDA growing zones and keep in mind that you get colder weather than you think… and ask yourself the question – can this plant survive a winter? If not, then consider a hot box or green house, or grow the plants inside.

      My suggestions.


      • Mike,
        I grew up coastland NC and fondly remember seeing these wonderful plants in the wild. My question is, now that I live in NE FL, do you think the VFL will survive? There is plenty of swamp with sandy soil here, and winters are very mild, definitely better than the NC/SC coast

        • As with most things gardening, the only way to really find out, is to try it. You can get a plant for a few dollars, plant it, take care of it, and learn something… let us know what you find out! Mike Green

    • Probably nothing… it depends upon what you mean “over water”. And if you use the wrong kind of water, it can actually kill the plant.

    • Growing a plant from seeds, can take 2 to 3 years from seeds to decent sized Venus Flytrap plant. If you are not in a hurry, growing a plant from seeds can be very rewarding.


  7. Hi,

    I live in Bangkok and crazy on Venus fly trap. My question is why the leave turned black and later getting die. I kept it on the direct sun about 36degree C. How about when it is rain may kill venus or not?


    • Rain shouldn’t harm your Venus Flytrap plant, unless it has a lot of pollutants. If leaves are turning black, then you may have a problem with the plant not getting enough movement of air. Don’t grow it in a dome or terrarium. And keep the plant roots moist, not wet.

      Hope this helps.


  8. Wow I really love this website. What happens if I feed the fly trap milk? It seems like it needs some nutrients and is also thirsty, I am a good baby sitter and I really think this could help, really take this into consideration


    • Becca,

      Not a good idea. It is a plant. Not an animal that has to be “fed”. If you add milk to the soil, you will most likely kill it.

  9. Wow. You have just saved my plant from being drowned. Poor thing. Thanks for all this info. These plants are just fascinating. Xx

    • Danny,

      It is not unusual for the Venus Flytrap to product flowers. I bought a new plant in October, and just over the past week, the plant has started to grow what is going to become a flower…but some growers recommend that a new, young, or transplanted plant not be allowed to flower, because the act of flowering causes the plant to weaken, and sometimes die.

      So unless you are a skilled grower, and the plant is very strong and healthy, my recommendation would be to cut off the stem that the flower is growing on.


      • hi! I think Venus Flytraps are very cool and the facts you wrote are very true I hope my Venus Flytrap will be healthy and live long!
        : )
        : )

    • Can you grow Venus Flytrap plants in a commercial product known as a growing gel?

      Probably. But why would you?

      A growing gel is usually used to get a plant growing from seeds, and holds moisture and nutrients around the seeds and germinating plants until it can get established.

      Sounds great. But remember, the natural conditions for a Venus Flytrap plant is very moist soil, and a nutrient deficient soil at that. Nutrients in the soils and water can kill an adult Venus Flytrap plant. Why would you want to add this to seeds?

      But I encourage you to try this and report back to us and let us know. The only way to really, is to experiment and try different things.

      Good luck!


      • Thank you for the info I will try the growing gelling and let you know what the results are my email address is if you send me an email I will keep you up dated on how it grows and send you some pictures of the progress

    • You should NEVER NEVER NEVER do that if you love your plant. It kills 1 in 3 plants instantly, 1 in 3 plants an hour later and 1 in 3 plants after 1 month!
      You must believe me as I’m a prof. in this subject

      Good luck,

      Professor Samuel Vernold

  10. Hi my name is tabby sullivan I am doing a science fair project on the venus fly trap. I was wondering what type of soils I should use for my project because I want to test what the soils do to the plant. Oh I would also like to know what type of soil doe not have any nutrients. Oh and some of these facts are helpful.

    • Hi Holly,

      Venus Flytraps generally catch whatever insects happen to crawl across or fly into their traps. I haven’t heard of any insect that is bad for them. You probably don’t want to try to feed them things like worms.

      Just let the plants grow and they will naturally capture an insect from time to time.


  11. Hello Mike!! I understand that my Venus fly trap is very little, but it’s already dying? I don’t know what to do and I don’t want it to die comepletly. It’s also not eating and I’m really worried. What should I do before it dies?

    • Alie,

      Don’t worry about your plant if it is eating or not. I can live a long time without eating.

      If it is dying, you are probably giving it tap water – a sure way to kill the plant quickly. Only use distilled water.


    • Kaylie,

      If the traps on your Venus Flytrap plants have turned black, that is not a good thing. It sounds like disease such as a fungus has invaded your plant.

      Don’t worry if your plant is catching flies or not. Your main concern at this point is keeping your plants alive, and if they are black and have a fungus, you need to get rid of the fungus asap.

      Is your soil well draining? Do you have a cover over your plants? Then remove that.

      Your plant needs lots and lots of light – is it getting full sunlight several hours a day?

      This should help you with your plant – my new guide on successfully growing these plants – Secrets to Growing Venus Flytrap Plants Guide.

      Good luck and let us know how it goes.


    • Hugh,

      The Venus Flytrap secretes a nectar that attracts insects to the traps, not just flies. So no, they don’t give off a smell of rotting meat. Just the opposite.


  12. Hi! I was wondering how big my Venus Flytrap had to be actually start catching bugs? In the picture provided by the place I bought it the traps are red. Mine are still green but have now produced a large stem with blooms. I have them in their original pot with a constant supply of water. The biggest trap in the pot is about nickel sized. Am I doing something wrong??? Any advice would help as I do NOT have a “green thumb”! Thank you!

    • Hi. Great question. Believe it or not, your Venus Flytrap plant with small “nickel” sized traps, will and can catch small insects. You don’t appear to be doing anything wrong. Just be patient and watch your plants slowly grow over time.

  13. Thanks for the info! Im thinking of getting a venus fly trap and now i know how to take care of it! Thanks for this website!

  14. My 8 year old wanted one of these, bought one today. Not only did he enjoy your facts, but he printed them out to share with his class. Thank you

    • Hi, that is an interesting question.

      But I have no idea what the strength is of the traps, but it is strong enough to capture and keep flies, other insects, and even small frogs, within the traps. This is a question for an engineer. Sounds like a great Science Fair experiment… measure the strength of the Venus Flytrap plant traps.

  15. I have a few questions, how do Venus flytraps reproduce? What phylum do they fall under? Is this plant vascular or non vascular?

    • Hi Sadey,

      The Venus Fly Trap plant is of the Family -Droseraceae, the Genus- Dionaea, and species Dionaea muscipula.

      This amazing plant reproduces two ways. First, it does produce flowers on a tall stalk above the leaves. These flowers produce very tiny seeds. Secondly, a Venus Fly Trap plant reproduces via its rhizome. Rhizomes are also called creeping rootstalks or rootstocks. If you look closely, A Venus Flytrap plant never has more than seven leaves. If you see more than seven, then a smaller plant has already split off from the mother plant.

      You can actually try growing a new plant by pulling off a leaf and sticking it into appropriate growing soil. The leaf will probably die but a new small plant will grow up in its place.

      Whether or not the plant is vascular or non vascular, I do not know. I am not a biologist, only an enthusiast! Dear readers, can you answer Sadey’s question?



  16. I have 2 Venus flytraps and a pitcher plant, when is the best time to repot them? Also, while I aided my flytraps into dormancy the pitcher plant stayed green and growing… Is this normal?

    • Hi Morgan:

      The best time to re-pot your carnivorous plants is either when they are healthy or dormant. Re-poting a plant puts a lot of stress on a Venus Flytrap plant, so you want your plant to be healthy and strong when you do this. Or re-pot when dormant.

      The fact that you assisted your Venus Flytrap into dormancy was great – what did you do? Did you put the plant outside or use a refrigerator? Can you share your strategy and technique with our readers? And if you did the same with the pitcher plant but it never went into dormancy…that is interesting.

      You haven’t said what kind of pitcher plant, so it is hard to give advice. But if your pitcher plant is green and growing and healthy, then keep doing what you are doing because it is working!



  17. Hi, I had to write a report on these awesome plants and this helped me a buttload!!! Thank you so much! (I did create a bibliography, so do not worry about plagiarism because your website is in it.)

    • Don’t worry, you can actually copy the entire article, as long as you include the source/author link in with the article.

      Glad you found the website useful!


  18. I just bought a Venus Fly Trap and this website really helped a lot now i know how long they are dormant so I don’t have to worry when they don’t eat!!!
    Thanks, Jade Webster

    • Jade, glad you were able to get some good information about Venus Flytraps and their dormancy. They really are a fascinating plant, and they really don’t require too much care to thrive.

      Have fun growing your plants!


  19. I can not find information about the size of this fly trap. I’ve seen pictures where a person in standing inside one. Where would these be found?
    How big do the ones in the USA grow to be.

    Thank You, For Gr. Granddaughter’s 2nd grade class.

    How big do these fly traps that grow in the USA get to be. What about around the world?
    For Gr. Granddaughter’s 2nd grade class. Thank you, Jan Breja

    • Well, if you saw a Venus Flytrap plant with a person standing inside, then you saw something from someone’s imagination. Venus Flytrap plants are actually very very small when starting out from seeds, and the traps do get about as big as a quarter or half dollar, sometimes a little bigger. But not much.

      And native Venus Flytrap plants are not found around the world. They are only found in the bogs and swamps of the coastal plains of North Carolina and South Carolina. They are a unique species of plant only found growing in the wild in the USA.

      Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment.


    • Abby, the Venus Flytrap plants you buy from Wal-Mart, or online from Amazon, are grown from seeds in commercial greenhouses. They are not collected from the swamps and then sold. They are protected and gathering Venus Flytraps from the wild swamps is discouraged.

      So buy plants from Wal-Mart, or with confidence, knowing that you are helping to perpetuate interest in these fascinating plant species, and that you are not impacting the plants in the wild.

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