September 30, 2010

My New Carnivorous Plants

Yesterday, I blogged about plants for water gardens and I promised to tell you about pitcher plants.  John Courtney, greenhouse manager for Aquascapes Unlimited, was on my television show recently and brought some very interesting plant specimens, including ground dwelling pitcher plants. This species of pitcher plants normally grows in bog-like areas, but John showed how you can float them in a water garden by making a raft out of a slab of cork.

Pitcher plants usually live in nitrogen poor soils and to supplement this nitrogen deficiency, these remarkable plants evolved into carnivores that actually capture and consume insects and even small frogs and mammals!  I find this fascinating and I am happy to add John’s gift to my collection of carnivorous plants.