Vinnie, a Venus Flytrap or Dionaea Muscipula, has to be in the top 10 most well-known plants - we've all seen one!
Native to subtropical wetlands in the US, he catches prey such as insects and spiders, by trapping them inside his leaves. Vinnie has superfast reactions, which are down to tiny 'hairs' known as 'triggers' on the inside of his leaves. When a creepy-crawly comes into contact with these hairs Vinnie snaps shut his leaves trapping the prey inside.
Interestingly, if Vinnie accidentally traps an object rather than living prey, he knows to open up and wait for a more nutritious dinner - gruesome right?!
Vinnie, Venus Flytrap - Small
Vinnie prefers bright indirect light to partial shade, without prolonged exposure to direct sun - a touch of morning sunlight wouldn’t go a miss.
If you’re not sure what level of light you have, check the shadows cast by your plant:
- Minimal shadow = lower light
- Half shadow = indirect light
- Full shadow = direct sun