Easiest to Grow Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous plants are a unique species of plants in that they can trap and digest their own prey. Over 400 species and subspecies of carnivorous plants are in existence, many of which are found growing in North America, Australia and Asia. Carnivorous plants exist on every continent on the planet, with the exception of Antarctica.

Cobra Lily

Grow a cobra lily. Otherwise referred to as Darlingtonia Californica, the cobra lily is an indigenous carnivorous plant to Northern California, Southern Oregon and regions in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The name of the cobra lily is derived from the overall shape of the plant, which looks like a cobra snake ready to strike. The cobra lily emits a strong, sweet scent that attracts insects. Cobra lilies can survive freezing temperatures but are ideally grown in temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees F. Their native habitat is one of bog-like conditions where there is a steady supply of fresh water. So if growing a cobra lily, duplicate its growing habitat by making sure to supply it with plenty of fresh water. And grow your cobra lily using a growing medium of one part sphagnum peat moss mixed with one part sand.

Venus Fly Trap

Plant an easy to grow Dionaea muscipula, more commonly known as a Venus fly trap. They are small carnivorous plants, often only reaching 2 to 3 inches in height. Regarded as one of the easiest carnivorous plants to grow, the Venus fly trap is found growing wild in both South and North Carolina. And although they aren't particularly fussy plants, certain specific growing requirements can assure you success growing one. The Venus fly trap prefers high humidity--about 80%, according to floridata.com. They enjoy a lot of light, but they don't like direct sunlight. They prefer a growing medium of 2/3 sphagnum moss mixed with 1/3 sand. The Venus fly trap can withstand varying temperatures but to make the plants thrive, keep the temperature between 70 and 80 degrees F in the summer, and 40 degrees F in the winter. Make sure they are kept well watered using only distilled water, or rain water during the growing season of May through October.

Pitcher Plant

Pitcher plants, otherwise known as trumpet pitchers, are native to regions throughout the USA, namely Central and South Eastern areas. They are found growing in marsh, or bog-like habitats and require a lot of water during its growing season; May through October. They prefer a cool growing climate, but can tolerate full sun as long as their roots are kept cool. They can easily be grown in a medium of mostly sphagnum moss, and are best grown in a temperature of between 65 and 85F. Depending on the variety, they can be small growing plants, such as the parrot pitcher plant which grows to a mere 4 inches tall, and yellow pitcher plant, which can grow to as tall as 3 feet.

Keywords: carnivorous plants, pitcher plants, cobra lily