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!

15 Responses to Venus Flytrap Facts

  1. angela mendoza says:

    these are some amazing facts for kids doing research on these exotic plants

  2. abby says:

    Why is it illegal for wal mart to sell venus fly trap. …these plants should never leave the green swamps

    • mikegreen says:

      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 Amazon.com 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.

  3. charlotte says:

    wow this is an amazing website.thanks a lot who ever made this.help alot for a school project.

    thanks

  4. Jan Breja says:

    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

    • mikegreen says:

      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.

      Mike

  5. Jess says:

    Wow, this website is AMAZING!!! I didn’t know that these plants were so fascinating.

  6. sahara lukes says:

    omg this really helpd, i have to do a flyer over the venus fly trap and looks like im gonna pass

  7. jade says:

    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

    • mikegreen says:

      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!

      Mike

  8. Anonymous says:

    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.)

    • mikegreen says:

      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!

      Mike

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