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Dionaea muscipula; photo courtesy of Flickr cc/Marco Uliana
Dionaea muscipula; photo courtesy of Flickr cc/Marco Uliana

You can grow carnivorous plants in a variety of conditions, from natural bogs in your backyard to a dish on a windowsill. The trick is to figure out which carnivorous plants will grow well in the conditions you have inside and outside your home. Carnivorous plants should never be collected in the field, because most of them are relatively rare and are threatened due to human population, agricultural land use and over-collection. If you are interested in growing carnivorous plants in your home, purchase the plants from a reputable grower who uses tissue culture or vegetative means to grow the plant, or start them from seeds.

You can learn more about growing these common carnivorous plants 

  • Venus Flytrap
  • American Pitcher Plant
  • Sundews
  • Butterworts

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