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The Venus Fly Trap loves the feeling of sand between its roots while it basks in the sun.  So where can you find this plant catching some rays?

Venus Fly Traps in their natural habitat
Photo - Carnivorous Plant Dionaea by Makoto Honda

The coastal plains of North and South Carolina are the only areas where this picky plant likes to spend its days and nights.  Not only is it specific to this area, it grows in a semi-pocosin or semi-savannah environment (shown in the photo above).  Therefore, ecotone is a better term to describe its environment.  

North and South Carolina are the only places where Venus Fly Traps grow in the wild

This nutrient-poor environment is uncharacteristic for most plants.  However, the Venus Fly Trap has the unique ability to capture insects in order to receive additional amounts of nutrients (especially nitrogen) needed for its survival. (For more information, check out the Adapt to Trap and What's for Dinner? pages).  Therefore, the Venus Fly Trap thrives in this environment while non-carnivorous plants grow and reproduce slowly.  This benefits the Venus Fly Trap because it eliminates competition for the few nutrients in the soil.


Anchors Away!

The soil is a very important aspect of the habitat.  The natural soil has a thin peaty surface layer.  In addition, the entire soil is roughly 8% organic matter and 95% sand.  The soil has a low fertility and a very acidic pH between 3 and 5.

The Venus Fly Trap is also a self-proclaimed pyromaniac.  Its love for fire helps it strive among the other organisms in its habitat.  Fire releases nutrients in a more available form while eliminating the competing plants from the area. 

Rhizomes connecting the two separate plants
Why doesn't the fire affect the Venus Fly Trap?  The Venus Fly Trap has the majority of its roots in the upper four inches of the soil.  However, it has several large rhizomes (shown to the left) that extend horizontally, deep within the soil. These rhizomes are able to generate a new plant after the fire has died.





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