THE BEAUTY OF CARNIVOROUS PLANTS

































 
   
    
    
    
     
   
   
     
Not many people equate beauty with carnivorous plants.  Thought of as baubles for children or displayed in ugly fish tanks by botanists, they evoke images of grotesque freakish man-eaters found in dark ominous tropical jungles.  We have an innate revulsion of the predator/prey role reversal… A plant that can devour living prey!

Have a look at this Sarracenia Leucophylla 'Tarnok' - White Top Pitcher.  This plant is thriving in a 2-foot tall terrarium with new pitchers popping up continuously (the tallest being 20”).  Loving it’s new home so much, it has sent up an eerily beautiful 2-foot tall flower that has remained in bloom for 3 months.  The beautiful blush of green, white and red on leaves as well as the beautiful orchid-like variegation.

In less than a year, the terrarium will be completely filled with pitchers.  In the proper container, highlighting the plant’s beauty, these pitcher plants are as beautiful as a bunch of orchids.  And their colorful beauty will last much longer!

Upcoming post… the ingenious evolution and biology of carnivorous plants!

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All images and content copyright Jeffrey Schneider of JAMES Modern Terrariums 2009.