Our weekly Tuesday column is called pretty petals, yet these oddly shaped carnivorous plants are anything but pretty! Pretty weird maybe? Pretty creepy perhaps? But definitely not pretty. These are pitcher plants (also known as cobra lily, bog bugles, Adam’s cup, frog bonnet, and whippoorwill’s boots). Carnivorous plants are plants that derive some or most of their nutrients from trapping and consuming animals – most typically insects.
We are featuring two varieties in the studio right now. Originating from opposite sides of the globe, these two pitcher plants require the same care: constant moisture devoid of nutrients, and full to part sun. The red variety is called Dana’s Delight and is native to bogs of the Southern United States. The green variety, nepenthes truncata, grows in the misty rain forests or open grasslands in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and New Guinea.
If you are looking for something fun and easy to grow, stop in and have a look!