5 Carnivorous Plants You Wouldn’t Want To Mess With

Published January 28, 2014
Updated February 27, 2024

From flytraps to butterworts, these incredible carnivorous plants feed on everything from insects to mice to stay alive.

Coolest Carnivorous Plants

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As a way to cope with life in environments ridden with poor soil quality, carnivorous plants have evolved to supplement their diets with animal organisms. While most of these plants capture, kill and consume insects, some have been known to eat small rodents like mice. Here are five types of carnivorous plants that will leave your head spinning.

Carnivorous Plants: Drosera

Species from the drosera genus are often called sundews since they, as you might imagine, appear as if they’re covered in dew. Attracting unsuspecting insects with this “dew”–which is actually a sticky, digestive enzyme–drosera plants are able to ensnare and even digest their prey. These plants are common in nutrient-deficient places like bogs and sandy beaches. Nearly 200 different species of drosera plants have been identified.

Drosera Carnivorous Plants

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Carnivorous Plants: Sundews and Droseras

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Kiri Picone
Kiri Picone holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Pepperdine University and has been writing for various digital publishers for more than 10 years.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Picone, Kiri. "5 Carnivorous Plants You Wouldn’t Want To Mess With." AllThatsInteresting.com, January 28, 2014, https://allthatsinteresting.com/coolest-carnivorous-plants. Accessed June 14, 2024.