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Dionaea muscipula 'South West Giant'
  • RHS AGM

An insectivorous perennial forming rosettes to 30cm wide. The leaves are formed of hinged lobes to 6cm long, with 15-20 stiff spines at the margins; these interlock when the trap closes. The traps are yellow-green on the outside and flushed burgundy on the inside. White flowers to 1cm across are produced on slender stems above the foliage in early summer.

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pH
Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Red
Summer White Green Red
Autumn Green Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Droseraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Dionaea are a genus of carniverous plants known commonly as Venus Flytrap. They catch insects and arachnids as prey via tiny hairs situated on the inner surface of their leaves

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in spent, peat-free ericaceous or specialist carnivorous plant compost in a sunny position, either under glass or in a bog garden. If pot grown, stand the containers in trays of rain water to keep the growing medium wet. Water only with soft (ideally rain) water; fertilising is unnecessary. See Dionaea and carnivorous plant cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate by sowing seed at 10-13°C in spring; place the container in a water tray to keep the growing medium moist. Germination is often very slow. Divide in spring, or take leaf cuttings in late spring or early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Houseplants
  • Patio and container plants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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