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Venus Fly Trap
Only a few hundred carnivorous plants are on Earth and only six of those are native to the United States. One is the Venus Flytrap. It grows along the North Carolina coastline, within a seventy-five mile radius of Wilmington.
I got to visit in October of 2017 with my wife and Carey & Joanna Read. Look carefully in photo below you will see them on far right of photo below. Loved my visit.
The Venus Flytrap has red-colored leaves that attract insects, and the minuscule hairs trigger when an insect crawls across them. The leaves then close up rapidly like a trap and it takes the plant seven to ten days to digest fully the animal.
One great growing location for the Venus Flytrap are Carolina Bays.
It produces the ideal environment from the swamp’s nutrient poor soil. The plant is not tropical and can tolerate mild winters. The plant ranges from three to six inches in stature and grows slowly.
In North Carolina, the plant occurs in the following counties: Beaufort, Bladen , Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Hoke, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, and Sampson. Counties that it used to be found in, but hasn’t been seen since 1979, are Jones, Lenoir, Moore, Pamlico, and Robeson.