Darlingtonia Californica (Cobra lily) 

Darlingtonia Californica (Cobra lily) 

Darlingtonia is native to the USA, in northern California and southern Oregon.  It is the sole member of its genus and one of the rarest.    Cobra lilies have variegated pitchers at the end of their leaves. Pitchers are mottled green in colour and survive for two to three years.  They have a distinctive hood sheltering the entrance to the […]

Cephalotus follicularis (Western Australian or Albany pitcher)

Cephalotus follicularis (Western Australian or Albany pitcher)

Cephalotus is only native to the breezy coastal districts of southwest Australia, mainly between the towns of Albany and Walpole and is the only member of the genus.  Plain, fleshy leaves form in spring and the traps follow in summer.  Long upright stems up to 60cm (2ft) in height are formed producing an unspectacular white or cream flower. The thimble […]

Nepenthes (Monkey cup pitcher)

Nepenthes (Monkey cup pitcher)

Nepenthes are a genus that contains around 170 species and are very diverse.  They are native to the tropics, principally Madagascar through tropical Asia to northern Australia.  In the wild they grow as vines up to 15m (50ft).    Most tropical pitcher plants grow in the upper canopy of rainforests and prefer bright light, but without much direct sun.  Other varieties […]

Drosera (Sundew)

Drosera (Sundew)

Sundews are native to every continent apart from Antartica.  The genus is among the largest of all carnivorous plants with around 200 known species.  They grow in a range of habitats in nutrient deficient soils and come in diverse shapes and sizes.  Sundews come in prostrate or upright rosettes between 1 and 100 cm (0.39 and 39.37 in) in height, […]

Sarracenia (American or trumpet pitcher) 

Sarracenia (American or trumpet pitcher) 

Sarracenia belong to a genus of 8 recognised species.  They are native habitat to North America, primarily the eastern see-board and northern USA as well as south-east Canada.  They grow along coastal plains and sunny open wetlands.  These habitats are under attack due to drainage to facilitate urban developments.  They are therefore becoming increasingly rare.  The plant itself comes in […]

Pinguiciula (Butterwort)

Pinguiciula (Butterwort)

Butterworts are from a genus of around 80 species.  They are native to all continents, except Australia and Antartica.  Most species can be found in Central and South America. Typically, plants have fleshy rosettes of green, pink or red leaves, covered with dew-producing glands.  In temperate varieties, leaves are produced in spring and flowers form on long stems.  They become […]