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Growing Carnivorous Plants

By Barry A. Rice

A book that will give Little Shop of Horrors a run for its money when it comes to entertainment.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

For centuries, carnivorous plants have carried an air of fascination and mystique unparalleled in the plant world. Growing Carnivorous Plants is a comprehensive guide to identifying and cultivating these remarkable plants. From the well-known Venus flytrap to obscure African sundews, from the giant pitcher plant vines of Borneo the microscopic bladderworts of Florida, more than 200 species, hybrids and cultivars from all genera of carnivorous plants are described. Included are explanations of the fascinating and diverse mechanisms the plants use to trap their victims. Imitating a plant's natural environment is the key to success in growing carnivorous plants, and this book will help readers select the best plants to grow on a windowsill, in a terrarium or greenhouse. Information on how to feed carnivorous plants will enable even the most squeamish grower to ensure that plants receive the nutrients they require. The book's 400 photographs include both spectacular images from the wild and lovely plants in cultivation.

Media reviews


—L. G. Kavaljian, Choice

"Rice, certainly the foremost specialist, has written an accessible introduction to the strange and fascinating world of carnivorous plants."

SciTech Book News

"A wonderful addition to the coffee table or gardening shelf."

—Lydia Lee, California Home & Design

"With chapters that explore our 'Fascination With Botanical Monsters' and plants' 'Murderous Methods' ... this is a book that will give Little Shop of Horrors a run for its money when it comes to entertainment."

—Marianne Binetti, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"The hundred of photographic portraits of carnivorous plants included in the book are brilliant; there is no fantasy here, it's all real and fascinating, beautiful and bizarre. ... Seeing these plants in their ever-shrinking natural habitat is a revelation."

—Susan Smith-Durisek, Lexington Herald-Leader

About the author

Barry A. Rice

Fascinated by observing carnivorous plants in the wild, Barry A. Rice travels throughout the U.S. to photograph these plants. He encourages plant enthusiasts to support only nurseries that do not collect their stock from the field.

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