It's nothing novel to think of animals eating plants, but what about the other way around? Carnivorous plants continue to be a source of fascination in the plant world. Plants typically get the nutrients they need from water and soil, but carnivorous plants grow in nutrient-poor areas. Different species of carnivorous plants have evolved their ability to obtain nutrients from other living organisms independently of one another.
Venus flytraps (species name: Dionaea muscipula) are easily one of the coolest carnivorous plants, with their jaw-like leaves that snap shut around their prey! They have gorgeous coloration as well, typically vivid green leaves in stark contrast with deep crimson.
It may be surprising, but the venus flytrap is actually a hardy perennial that requires a cold dormancy in the winter to thrive. They're native to wetland habitats in the eastern United States and are commonly poached - however, we source ours ethically from a grower!
It's important to mimic the natural environment of this species, so you'll want to keep it somewhere where it can get at least 6 hours of full sun per day. Additionally, provide humidity by keeping the plant in an enclosed container - sort of like a miniature greenhouse!
Because these plants have evolved to tolerate low-nutrient conditions, being in rich soil will kill them. Instead of your typical potting mix, use a combination of sand and unenriched peat moss. The sand provides very little nutritionally, and the peat moss retains up to 20 times its weight in water. Keep in mind that it's crucial to use peat moss that does not include fertilizer, which can damage the roots.
We recommend feeding only a single 'mouth' of your venus flytrap once per week. Much more than that can harm your plant. Although it's tempting to tickle the trigger hairs of a venus flytrap and watch the mouths close, doing so causes the plant to expend a great deal of energy. If this is done continually with not nutritional compensation, the plant can become unhealthy.