Do you know that some plants are carnivorous? That means, they trap and take in certain insects. It is even more interesting to have such plants in your garden. Any unnecessary insects and bugs can be trapped by such carnivorous plants. They have special and efficient trapping mechanisms to catch the prey. Specific enzymes, bacteria or other organisms may be present in them to digest them and the nutrients are fully utilized by the plants.
Different types of traps and various means of digestion are included in various carnivorous plants. Semi-active traps are used by sundews and butterworts. The upper surface of the leaves of sundews have tentacles which are of two different types. One group of tentacles have long hairs lining the outer leaf margins. The others are shorter and run down the center of the leaf. Once the insect is trapped in, the longer ones hold it and the shorter ones secrete some enzymes for digestion. Butterworts create a fly-paper like surface by a mucous-like substance. This substance catches the insect while the leaves curl up and hold it till digestion. These are special carnivorous plants having flowers.
Certain plants like sheperd’s purse is not a carnivorous plants. However, it produces seeds which produce chemicals that attract insects. When the insects get around the seeds, the toxins are released and the insect is killed. Some other carnivorous plants that can be added to your garden include drosera, waterwheel plant, venus fly trap, bladderwort or utricularia and pitcher plants. The most important requirement for the growth of these plants is that they require water that do not come from tap. Tap water which is full of minerals kill these plants. As they can be grown in soil which lacks any type of nutrients, it is easy to grow them. Try adding these unique carnivorous plants to your garden.