How to Find a Venus Flytrap


A Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is a carnivorous plant native to the United States. In fact, it is the state carnivorous plant of North Carolina. It is an interesting plant that, like its name implies, traps insects including flies, with its hairy bristles located on the surface of the leaves. Whether you are looking to find one in nature or one to buy, they are not too hard to locate.

Step 1

Travel within a 100 mile radius of Wilmington North Carolina. Venus fly traps are native to the marshy areas along the coastal plains of this area, known as Cape Fear Coast. They are located near the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area.

Step 2

Visit a preserve, such as Cartwheel Bay Heritage Preserve, SC; Herbert Bluethenthal Memorial Wildflower Preserve, NC; Green Swamp Preserve, NC; or Lewis Ocean Bay Preserve, SC. Hike along one of the preserve's trails and look just off to the side for Venus fly traps. Most preserves are free and are open during daylight hours.

Step 3

Hike the trails of a state park near the coast, such as Lake Waccamaw State Park, NC, or Carolina Beach State, NC. State parks have an entrance fee and are open during daylight hours.

Step 4

Stroll along other areas where Venus fly traps are known to be located, such as Airlie Gardens, NC, and Alderman School Trail, NC.

Step 5

Take a tour with a group, such as Carolina Coastal Adventures, that will take you directly to where Venus flytraps are located.


  • State Library of North Carolina: The State Symbols
  • Cape Fear Coast: Venus Flytrap Trail of the Cape Fear Coast
  • Cartwheel Bay Heritage Preserve: Hiking Trail
  • Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve: Property
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