Keeping plants in your house is a great way to make your space feel cozier. It adds a pop of color and it’s the perfect way to introduce a bit of nature into your home.
There are so many different plants you can keep in your home, but have you ever considered keeping a carnivorous plant?
Carnivorous plants are great because they are all incredibly unique in appearance, but they also have a second use that makes them even better.
These kinds of plants are perfect for keeping the bug and insect populations in your house at bay.
As the name would suggest, carnivorous plants actually eat those bugs and insects and they gained this ability as an evolutionary tactic to survive.
If you are considering keeping some carnivorous plants for yourself but you don’t know which ones to get, then you have come to the right place!
I have put together a list of 10 incredibly indoor carnivorous plants that you need to keep in your home. So read on to find out more about each of them!
There are many kinds of carnivorous plants out there that you can keep in your home, but the ones I have included on this list are definitely some of the very best!
They are all incredibly unique in appearance and they will make your home feel even better than it already does.
If you want to find out more about each of these carnivorous plants, read on!
1. Venus Fly Trap
The Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) is arguably the most popular kind of carnivorous plant, and it’s no real surprise as to why!
These plants have such a unique appearance and they look like something out of a science fiction movie.
These incredible plants lure bugs and insects to them by using nectar, and once the bug gets close enough, the “jaws” of the plant clamp down and trap them.
Once those jaws clamp down, there is no escape for the bug or insect.
If you are going to keep a Venus Fly Trap for yourself, make sure that you keep it in an area where it’s going to get full sun. They also thrive in partially shaded areas and any environment that is humid, boggy, or acidic.
Sundews (Drosera spp.) have sticky secretions that cover the leaves of the plant and they shimmer in the sunlight. This is actually where they get their name from!
Similar to the Venus Fly Trap, Sundews will respond to touch. Once the tentacle-looking hairs sense an insect has landed on them, they will reach out and capture them.
This type of carnivorous plant can be found all over the world except for Antarctica. There are quite a few different types of Sundew and they range in size and color.
Some Sundew are really small, while others are the size of small bushes.
The Sundew plant thrives in full sun, but you can also keep them in partially shaded areas too. They vary in color depending on what type you have, but they are most commonly a pinkish-red color.
3. Sun Pitcher Plant
The Sun Pitcher Plant (Heliamphora spp) comes from the genus Heliamphora and there are over 20 different kinds you can come across.
These plants have evolved to have modified leaf structures that are designed to hold water which will then drown any insects that fall in.
If you do decide to keep a Sun Pitcher Plant for yourself, it is important to know that they are one of the more difficult carnivorous pitcher plants to keep.
But as long as you are patient and you persevere, they are a fantastic plant to keep in your home.
Sun Pitcher Plants are native to South America, but you can find them in lots of different garden stores. Depending on which species you have, they need full sunlight or partial shade in order to survive.
4. Tropical Pitcher Plant
The Tropical Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes spp.) is another type of carnivorous pitcher plant. It comes from the Nepenthes genus, which contains over 150 different species of plant.
The pitchers on this carnivorous plant hang down and low from the pot, giving the whole plant a very unique look and vibe.
Typically, the Tropical Pitcher Plant can be found around lots of areas near the Indian Ocean, but you can get them quite readily in garden stores today.
Because there are so many different kinds of Tropical Pitcher Plants, they come in various sizes and colors. Some of these plants grow so big that small mammals, birds, and lizards have fallen prey to them!
This is another kind of carnivorous plant that is difficult to grow and nurture, and it is suggested that only experienced gardeners attempt it.
5. White Trumpet Pitcher Plant
The White Trumpet Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia leucophylla) is one of the most prettiest kinds of carnivorous plants out there.
Their beauty is one of the main reasons why they have become so popular amongst gardeners and plant enthusiasts.
The white part of the plant is so vibrant and it will easily pop against any colors that surround it, which makes it incredibly eye-catching.
The White Trumpet Pitcher Plant can grow anywhere from 1 to 3 feet in height and they typically bloom in April and May.
If you do decide to keep a White Trumpet Pitcher Plant for yourself, make sure to keep it in an area where it is going to get full sun and make sure you keep it in boggy, acidic soil.
6. Yellow Pitcher Plant
The Yellow Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia flava) is quite similar to the White Trumpet Pitcher Plant, but it instead has bright yellow leaves and a large green pitcher.
The leaves are shaped to hold liquid and then pour it, which can be devastating to any unfortunate bugs or insects that are in its proximity.
As the name would suggest, the Yellow Pitcher Plant is usually always yellow in color and the pitchers are light green. These plants bloom in April and May and they can grow to any size between 1 to 3 feet.
7. Purple Pitcher Plant
Another variant of the carnivorous pitcher plant, the Purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) is native to North America and as the name would suggest, its leaves are a vibrant purple color.
There are a few different sub-species of the Purple Pitcher Plant, and you can find them all over North America.
Most of them can be found in the Southeast, but some varieties, such as Sarracenia purpurea are native to the North Central areas of the US.
They thrive in boggy, acidic soil and they need full sun in order to survive. This is another carnivorous plant that is quite difficult to grow.
8. Cobra Lily
The Cobra Lily (Darlingtonia californica) is an incredibly unique-looking carnivorous plant that quite literally looks like a cobra! In some places, the Cobra Lily is known as the California Pitcher Plant.
The leaves are structured in a way that they resemble a pitcher and they are designed to hold water. These plants are covered in tiny hairs that prevent any bugs or insects that get caught from escaping.
The Cobra Lily requires full sun in order to thrive, but it can survive in partially shaded areas too. They grow all over Oregon and Northern California, and you can even spot them while you are out hiking!
Butterwort (Pinguicula) is very common in garden stores and centers, so you will have no problem finding one for your home.
This variety of carnivorous plant is actually quite small, which gives it quite a cute vibe, even if it is deadly to bugs and insects!
This plant is coated in a sticky resin which is designed to attract insects and bugs, and it then traps them and digests them over time.
If you do decide to keep Butterwort for yourself, make sure to avoid using any fertilizer because this will kill the plant!
10. Australian Pitcher Plant
The Australian Pitcher Plant (Cephalotus follicularis) is also known by the name “flycatcher” and like the Venus Fly Trap, it looks like something straight out of a science fiction movie!
The red rings on this plant actually hold nectar which attracts bugs and insects.
Once the prey lands on the plant, it traps them and uses a digestive enzyme fluid found in its glands to break down the flesh of the prey.
If you do keep an Australian Pitcher Plant for yourself, make sure to keep it somewhere with warmer temperatures.
So there you have it! 10 incredible indoor carnivorous plants that you definitely need to keep in your home!
Each of these carnivorous plants is unique and will add a bit of flare to your indoor garden and your guests will definitely want to know more about them!
Keeping carnivorous plants can be quite a difficult task, so make sure you have some gardening experience first!