Hello! I’m The Carnivore Girl, also known as Maria. My adventures with carnivorous plants began in 2009 with a single Venus Flytrap and have since grown into a major
I’ve always been fascinated by things considered strange and unusual. In 2009 I was studying photography and beginning a new project on plants. Naturally, I didn’t want to shoot boring, pretty flower pictures. I loved the colors and textures of dead plants, the forms of vast, creeping vines, and evolutionary defenses like cactus spines.
I had no particular interest in carnivores at the time, but while chatting with a classmate about my project ideas, I included Venus Flytraps on the list, which happened to be the only carnivorous plant I ever heard of. My classmate remarked, “Oh, I’ve grown sundews before.” I had NO IDEA what those were, so I looked up pictures and thought, “Oh, those look cool! Maybe I’ll shoot some of them too.”
A few days later, my classmate surprised me with a real, potted Venus Flytrap plant at my desk! He got it on a whim at the dollar store, of all places! I was beyond excited at first… then panicked, thinking how the hell do I care for this thing? Thankfully, I grew up in the age of the internet and set to researching right away!
And the carnivore girl in me was awakened!
Through trial, error, and an amazing online carnivorous plant community, I actually didn’t kill my first Venus Flytrap! In fact, I still have many divisions of the same plant, and then some. This hobby has been incredibly enriching to my life, so I started this website to share my growth and struggles, help new growers out, and give back to the community that helped me. I always love seeing how the carnivorous plant bug has bitten other people. Happy growing and looking forward to meeting you!
Be warned. I make silly faces sometimes. And drink black coffee with my pinky out.
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