Typical plants consume nutrients from the soil, but carnivorous plants are found in nutrient-poor soil. This particular variety of Pitcher Plant comes from Australia and was first brought to America during the 16th Century. Some insects and animals live harmoniously with pitcher plants. Some predators, like spiders, use the lid to hide under.
Pale Pitcher Plant
This Pitcher originates from Beauregard Parish, Louisiana. Decaying insects that have been trapped inside, along with nectar from the “lid,” attract flies, beetles, butterflies and other insects to the plant. Once inside, many insects find it difficult to exit the structure, so they eventually drown in the liquid.
Long tentacles protrude from their leaves, each with a sticky gland at the tip. These droplets look like dew glistening in the sun, thus their name. As for the Cape portion of its name, Cape Sundews originate from the Cape of South Africa. Sundews are “flypaper” plants that trap prey in sticky hairs on their leaves.
While Venus flytraps have been planted and naturalized in other areas, they only occur naturally within a 75-mile radius around Wilmington, North Carolina. It takes longer than a week for larger insects to be digested.
Sedum Lizard Originates from North Africa, and blooms with small white star-shaped flowers. Drought and heat tolerant or low maintenance, hence the name lizard.
A few varieties of succulents are known to be poisonous, but sedum is not one of them. Sometimes referred to as bittercress, sedum leaves have a mild peppery, bitter flavor. Originating from Africa and brought to America during the 19th Century.
(Aloe barbadensis miller)
Aloe Gel Can Be Used In Natural Hair Regimens. This particular variety of Aloe originates from South Africa and was first brought to America during the 16th Century. Some wild species of aloe Can Survive For Over 100 Years.
Hens and Chicks
Commonly referred to as Hens and chicks, they are so-called because of the rosette shape and habit of the plant to produce numerous babies. They can be naturally found from Texas to Argentina.
These adorable little plants are only found on the largest island Tenerife of the Canary Islands. Have what is called a death blossom. when it blooms flowers it will shortly die after. It can take five years to bloom.
Are only found in nature off of the Northern Cape, Cape Province of South Africa. Their leaves are triangular in cross section. The petals are numerous and usually yellow, orange or white, occasionally violet to red in color.