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Venus Flytrap

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Some say the Venus flytrap came from outer space, riding on a meteor... it definitely comes from subtropical wetlands which means it's a good bet for coastal QLD. They suck the life out of passing bugs and spit the dried husks out when they're done. Don't tease or force-feed them and they could live to a ripe old age.

Dionaea muscipula - Venus flytrap
DESCRIPTION: Low-growing slow-growing carnivorous plant native to a tiny area of subtropical Carolina wetlands. It grows in a rosette of unique adapted stems shaped like eyes with eyelashes, each can trap and digest ants, spiders, and beetles. "Muscipula" means mousetrap, but that's probably too big a snack for this plant.
USES: Indoors in bright light, or try outside in a marshy area of frost-free garden. Thrives in a full 12 hours of daylight but can stay alive with a minimum of 4 hours.  
PLANTING: Plant in a clean plastic pot with good drainage to avoid contaminating the roots with mineral leach. Ideal potting mix is half and half horticultural sand and peat or peat moss (it's called Pocosin in nature); any potting mix needs to be extremely low in phosphorus and nitrogen so don't fertilise these plants.
CARE: Keep damp at all times with distilled water or rainwater. Don't poke the traps too much as this can fatally weaken the plant. Plants benefit from a winter rest of cooler (frost-free) temperatures.
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 15cm H x 20cm W.
PLEASE NOTE: Supplied as 'plugs', slightly smaller than our usual tubestock but with a healthy root system ready for planting or potting on.

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