Venus Flytrap Facts

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!

52 Responses to Venus Flytrap Facts

  1. proctor says:

    Can Venus fly traps be grown in growing gell

    • mikegreen says:

      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!


      • proctor says:

        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

  2. Tabby says:

    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.

  3. Holly says:

    My son just got a Venus flytrap and he was wondering what kind of bugs they eat and if any bug is bad for them?

    • mikegreen says:

      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.


  4. Alie says:

    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?

    • mikegreen says:


      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.


  5. Kaylie ferguson says:

    Two of my fly traps are black does that mean they are babies because they still can catch flies

    • mikegreen says:


      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.


  6. Ethan says:

    Hi I am doing a report on the Venus Flytrap and your site has helped me alot.

  7. Hugh Alexander says:

    Do these plants have any perfume? Specifically, do they give off a smell of rotting meat to attract flies?

    • mikegreen says:


      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.


  8. joshua says:

    i got an a on my report

  9. Emily says:

    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!

    • mikegreen says:

      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.

  10. skot says:

    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!

  11. Liz says:

    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

  12. damian says:

    thanks for the info now i can finish my speech

  13. bob says:

    my speech is done and awesome thanks again.

  14. mc says:

    What would the psi for a Venus flytrap be? How much pressure is in their snap shut eating feature?

    • mikegreen says:

      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. Sadey says:

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

    • mikegreen says:

      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. Cody Neill says:

    This was very helpful for doing a horticulture project thx man

  17. Morgan says:

    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?

    • mikegreen says:

      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!



  18. 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!


  19. 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!


  20. sahara lukes says:

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

  21. Jess says:

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

  22. 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.


  23. charlotte says:

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


  24. 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 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.

  25. angela mendoza says:

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

    • mikegreen says:

      Thanks Angela. I really have had fun over the years growing these plants.

      • Thank-you for your interesting and educational information about the Venus Flytrap. My grand-daughter is in the second grade and needed to do a report on this plant so I found your site quite informative. Just wanted to say thanks! ^_^

        • mikegreen says:

          Thank you Angela, I appreciate your thoughtful comments. I am glad you and your grand-daughter found this site useful.


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