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To many peoples surprise the Venus flytrap is not native to some tropical exotic country or steamy rainforest The Venus flytrap is native only to the coast of North and South Carolina in a radius roughly 100 miles around Wilmington It is a small rosette plant generally six to eight inches in diameter The leaves consist of leaf stems or petrels that may be heart-shaped and flat on the ground or thin and upright The trap is the actual true leaf and sits at the end of the petrel The traps lure insects by nectar secreted by glands at the base of the spinney celia or teeth Inside of the trap are 6 to 8 tiny trigger hairs An insect needs to touch two hairs once or one hair twice in order to spring the trap The trap will close in less than a second in ideal conditions and if an insect is caught the trap will seal shut and start secreting digestive juices If the trap closes empty it will slowly open in about a day It may take a week to digest a housefly and when the trap reopens the shriveled shell of the insect is left behind A trap may catch and digest up to three insects after which the leaf turns black Older leaves blacken and die regardless of how many insects are caught and the plant continually sends out new leaves during the growing season Venus flytraps usually grow along the dampish edges of sandy wet bogs or fens The plant begins its growth each spring sending out a resette of small leaves Usually the plant flowers around April or May Summer arrives and the plant produces its larger leaves often on upright petrels Some plants remain rosetted all season With the approach of autumn flytraps get small In winter they are dormant with tiny leaves or no leaves at all In their native habitat Venus flytraps enjoy
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