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Dionaea muscipula

Common Name(s):
Meadow clams, Venus flytrap, Venus' flytrap
Carnivorous Plants, Wildflowers

Shallow roots; full sun and high humidity; planting mix of whole-fiber sphagnum moss or a mix of equal parts peat moss and coarse vermiculite or sharp sand; native only to portions of NC and SC; primary food is ants

.5-1 ft.
2-5 in. leaves in a basal rosette; leaf stalk has a pair of wings which gradually taper to the base; at the summit is a roundish 2-lobed blade with a marginal fringe of bristly hairs; upper surface of the blade is red or reddish; on each lobe there are sensitive hairs which serve to trigger the trap; prostrate, rosette growth from a short rhizome; traps form on end of short petioles; inner surface of traps may be rich, dark red or green (depends on amount of sun); closed traps open in 5-14 days; traps die after 2-4 closings
0.7 in. white flowers in June of 6-12 in. stems, clustered at the summit of a 4-12 in. smooth stalk; flower has five sepals, five petals and 10-12 stamens
Wet, sandy, rich soil; sun to partial shade; natural habitat is restricted to southeastern NC and eastern SC
Life Cycle:

NCCES plant id: 159

Dionaea muscipula Dionaea muscipula
Arthur Chapman, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Dionaea muscipula Dionaea muscipula
Louis Shackleton, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Dionaea muscipula Dionaea muscipula
Lou FCD, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Dionaea muscipula Dionaea muscipula
Jane Nearing, CC BY-NC-2.0
Dionaea muscipula Dionaea muscipula
Eric Borda, CC BY-ND-2.0
Dionaea muscipula Dionaea muscipula
Ben B, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Dionaea muscipula Dionaea muscipula
Maurizio, CC BY-ND-2.0