Got an insect problem? Start a collection of carnivorous plants and get ready to watch the action. Invite your friends and neighborsthese carnival plants will put on a show. Seriously, and joking aside, these are very interesting plants, indeed. As their name suggests, they are meat-eating plantsinsects, that is. You dont need to fertilize them; they get all of their nutrients from the bodies of the small insects they catch and digestmosquitoes, flieseven spiders and small frogs. Carnivorous plants come in a wide variety of shapes and colors and make attractive houseplants. The three most popularand easiest to obtainare the pitcher plant, Venus fly trap, and the sundew plant.Pitcher Plants These carnivorous plants live in swamps and bogs in poor soil that contains few nutrients. Pitcher plants (Nepethenes) get their nitrogen and nutrients from a variety of insectsincluding spidersthat happen to come their way and stop for a visit. They have folded, or rolled up leaves, shaped like a water pitcher, known as pitfall traps. Their beautiful colors promises nectar to the insect, and he stops by for a sip. Unfortunately for the visitor, the inside surface of the pitcher plants leaves have hairs that point to the bottom of the tube, and the insect slides into the bottom of the pitcher. The plant then uses its digestive juicesor bacteriato break down the insect and digest it.
Venus Fly Traps Perhaps the most brutal-looking of all the carnivorous plants, the Venus fly trap is literally thata trap that snaps shut when an insect lights on the plant. Small hairs on the leaves trigger the snapping action in response to a stimulus made by an insect, spider or small animal. The leavestrapthen remains closed until the insect is totally eaten. http://www.carnivorous-plants.com