Carnivorous Plants

This collection focuses on plants that have evolved to garner their nutrition from their modified leaves. Representing many geographic regions including Connecticut and the East Coast of temperate North America to Borneo and Sumatra, the display highlights a variety of tactics that plants use to obtain the nutrients in flies and other insects.

The garden has representatives of the two main lineages of pitcher plants: Nepenthes from the Western Hemisphere Tropics and Sarracenia from North America. The parts of the plants that we...
The name of these plants refers to the mucilage drops on their leaves that resemble morning dew. The sweet-smelling mucilage entices unknowing insects. Once the prey has landed on the plant, the...
Like the pitcher plants and the sundews, the “carnivorous” part of the venus flytrap is a modified leaf. Located on the inside of the leaves are sparsely spaced trigger hair. When an insect touches...