The other day when I was doing my weekly grocery shopping, my attention was caught by the plant/gardening department at the grocery store. Almost immediately I noticed a new plant for sale, one that reignited my childhood passion for… carnivorous plants!
I couldn’t believe it! There were so many different kinds and colors of bug-eating plants for sale. I had to purchase one on the spot. The one picture below is still a baby. This is a pitcher plants. The way this pitcher plants catches its prey is by producing a sweet smelling nectar that entices unfortunate bugs to land on the plant. Once a bug lands, its unable to get a good hold and eventually drops to its doom that is the digestive juices found within its pitcher. The plant then closes the lid of the pitcher and begins the process of digesting the bug in order to continue its growth. Interestingly enough, these plants both need energy from the sun and from the bugs and other prey that they trap.
As of the day that I am writing this post, my little plant has already sprouted three new pitchers! Pretty soon, I’ll have to replant it into a permanent home to ensure that it continues to grow and thrive.