What's in bloom at Allan Gardens?
Hungry for lunch? So is our pitcher plant! This carnivorous flower loves to dine on ants and other insects, earning it quite the reputation. Although plants that 'eat' insects are frequently depicted as roaming flowers with teeth in cartoons and movies, the pitcher plant actually kills its prey passively, by attracting and then trapping and absorbing prey with its sugary sweet nectar.
Interestingly enough, the genus of the pitcher plant is called Nepenthes based on a passage from Homer's Odyssey in which a drug called Nepenthe is given to Helen of Troy. That term means 'without grief' and was supposed to relief the taker of sorrow. Looks like they didn't consult with insects before naming this genus of plants! 😬 🐜 🐛
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