Guess who bought 3 different sundews and a Pinguicula at The Montreal Botanical Gardens gift shop? I could not resist setting up a quick photo shoot yesterday afternoon before repotting them into nicer containers. Delicate and deadly sundews are my favourite carnivorous plants but are particularly difficult to find for sale here in Canada. In fact the last time I was able to purchase a sundew was on my last trip to this very greenhouse in 2004. At $5.99 a piece I could not resist buying one of each kind they sold.
Venus fly traps, on the other hand are easy to come by, sold as a novelty plants at fall fairs and the impulse sections of home renovation stores but I do not care for them, finding them particularly difficult to keep alive for more than a few months stretch. If you’re going to choose a carnivorous plant to grow on a windowsill I recommend little bitty sundews. I find them to be more forgiving than flytraps and their jewel-like, dew-speckled leaves are a whole lot more interesting too.