Carnivorous plants

What happens when you get lots of rain, all year around, that just sits there, until it slowly percolates through the soil, leaching away the nutrients, and creating hard clay at the soils surface, plus a regular fire regime?

That’s how you make a carnivorous plant garden!

Or at least, that’s what you get up in the Wetland Pine Savannah’s of Big Thicket National Preserve in southeast Texas along the Sundew Trail.

These are flat areas, not directly connected to lowland drainages, but which are regularly flooded from the 55-60 inches of pure rain that falls pretty consistently throughout the year.

The ground-hugging sundew is one of the harder ones to spot, unlike the pitcher plant that really stands out (and up, standing tall).
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The steady diet of insects gives the plants the nutrients they need, and that the soil doesn’t have.
Interestingly, I noticed earlier this summer that carnivorous plants were prominently featured in floral shops in Belgium.
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They don’t grow their natively, or at least I don’t think they do, but they are right at home with all the house flies buzzing in through open windows.

It makes me wonder why there aren’t carnivorous plants in south Florida. We have fire and nutrient-poor soils.
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I’ll have to check up on that one.
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