Venus Fly Trap

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The other day, I bought a Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) for the greenhouse. There is an issue with whitefly and I figured perhaps a carnivorous plant will act as a botanical guard dog and keep them away from our part of the greenhouse.

Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it. By that logic I should have bought one for every shelf. At least I’ll have an excuse if I happen upon any sundews for sale. Unfortunately, that almost never happens. I love sundews most of all.

I had to take the fly trap home with me tonight because there wasn’t any distilled water at the greenhouse, but I found a bottle on the way home and will be returning the plant next week. Until then she is sitting on my desk and needs a name.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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9 thoughts on “Venus Fly Trap

  1. I read a botanical description for inspiration & these came to mind:

    Diane for Dionaea muscipula.


    Stella because her mouth is a steel trap and I have this image of Marlon Brando yelling “STELLA…”
    I really don’t know where that came from. Sorry, my mind is going strange places.

    Great photo, Gayla.

    On the other hand, now I’m seeing eyelashes…so perhaps Maybelline?

  2. Caitlin: I like Francie. That just might stick!

    Chookooloonks: I like Mr. Pants, but she feels like a she.

    Rufus is a good doggie name.

  3. before i read the names, i totally thought Stella. Thats tripy. I just got one a week ago, so if you dont choose Stella, ill take it for mine. Another name would be Cleopatra. The name brings somthing to mind thats evil and violent, just how the fly trap looks. One last thought would be just plan Venus, its a females name and its pretty lol

  4. Perhaps naming it Hunter will ensure that it has a mystical ability to exterminate the whiteflies in your greenhouse.

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