The Venus flytrap is arguably the most popular carnivorous plant. It’s the classic bug-eating plant Like Audrey II from the Little Shop of Horrors or the Chomper from Plants vs. Zombies, with a “mouth” and “teeth” that snap shut to trap prey. Though this carnivorous plant is popular, it’s not the easiest plant to explain.
Because there’s so much information, I split this guide into two parts:
🪴 Part 1: Need to knows (You’re here!)
🌿 What is a Venus flytrap?
🪴 Part 2: Basic care guide
🌿 Planting media
What is a Venus flytrap?
Just like how Byblis is named after a greek figure of the same name, the Venus flytrap is named after the Roman goddess of love. Its common name is Venus flytrap, and its genus name is Dionaea Muscipula.
This is what “D.M.” stands for in flytrap names (for example, D.M. Maroon Monster). Dionaea refers to Aphrodite, and muscipula is Latin for mousetrap, or flytrap.
Aphrodite’s mousetrap (Also D.M. Toothless)
Venus flytraps are small plants that grow from a white, bulb-like rhizome. Each leaf is composed of a heart-shaped petiole, and the actual “trap” at the tip is (sometimes) lined with eyelash-like cilia that cross together when the trap shuts to keep prey inside.
The trigger hairs inside the trap are sensitive enough to sense when a bug walks through, but evolved to only shut when their prey moves inside. It takes a lot of energy to close a trap. In fact, a trap only has a limited number of times it can move and “eat” before it dies.