But in real life, plants that eat animals only eat insects. Well, we learned that a few of these plants do actually eat small frogs and lizards, but that is the extent of it.
There are more than 200 types of these plants throughout the world. We live in South Alabama near the Gulf Coast, and several types of pitcher plants and the sundew plant are native to this area. These meat eating plants are threatened by development and bog draining. There are a few nature preserves in the area where we can see these amazing and interesting plants in their natural habitats.
Because we purchased several science kits about plants, we have been studying meat eating plants for science this month.
We planted our Venus Fly Trap from DuneCraft and are waiting for it to germinate. According to the information on the package, it takes approximately 3 weeks for them to germinate.
Here are some pictures from our latest foray into the Pitcher Plant Bog.
|Pitcher plant. The sphere behind the pitcher is the flower|
this plant produces in spring.
|An overview of pitcher plants with some of their yellow flowers.|
|The yellow and red flowers you see are 2 different types of|
pitcher plants. Both are native to this area, but the yellow one
is more widely found.
|Another overview of the pitcher plants in the bog.|
|A close up of some young pitcher plants just emerging.|
We have spent a great deal of time at this bog over the years. It is a place we return to at different times of year. In every season, it is a different color. I find the place to be peaceful. It is one of my favorite places on earth. Lucky for me I live near enough to my favorite place on earth to visit it every season.
Here are a few pictures from earlier seasons.
|My kids at the entrance to the bog in September 2012|
|Fall overview of the bog. If you look closely, you can see|
purple flowers throughout.
|Overview of the bog in early summer (around here that starts in|
May). Notice how the predominant color is white.
|A close up on what the pitcher plants look like in early summer.|
|Some other predominant plants in the bog in early summer.|
|My children at the entrance to the bog on 9-20-11|
|An overview of the bog that same day in September 2011|