Easily the most widely recognized carnivorous fly eating plants, Venus flytraps are true classics. With their fanged, gaping mouths, and their remarkable feeding action, Venus flytraps are truly unique and fascinating.
Venus flytraps are native to North and South Carolina, where they are threatened by poaching and habitat destruction. While there is only 1 species of Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) there are many varieties of fly eating plants (also called "cultivars") that have special appearances or characteristics. Venus flytraps are temperate perennials, which means these fly eating plants have distinct growing seasons and dormancy periods. During dormancy, Venus flytraps slow or cease their growth, and often appear to die completely. This can be unnerving or confusing to a new grower, but with patience and proper care a healthy Venus flytrap will return to growth in the Spring. Photo by Tato Grasso.