Beauty in Death: Artsy Photos of Venus Flytrap Dormancy

Dead plants are among my favorite subject to photograph. In college, I created entire portfolios and projects based on the beauty of death and decay. I’m endlessly fascinated by the textures, colors, and the whole concept of cyclical death and rebirth. So just as a forewarning, there are lots of photos of Venus flytrap dormancy ahead! You should also check out this post for a sense of what  dormancy looks like.

In these shots, I get a little artsy. I gotta pay tribute to my artistic roots! 😉

Dormant Venus flytraps exhibiting short, rosetted growth and dark red traps. Dormant Venus flytraps exhibiting short, rosetted growth and dark red traps. Dormant Venus flytraps exhibiting short, rosetted growth and dark red traps.

Deep, intense coloring on dormant Venus fly traps

As shown above, dormant Venus flytraps are known to show very intense red coloring and prostrate growth. But as you can see below, they also make some other interesting colors!

Interesting colors forming on dormant Venus fly traps Interesting colors forming on dormant Venus fly traps Interesting colors forming on dormant Venus fly traps

I’m also oddly fascinated by where the trap leaf starts turning black as it begins to decline.

Venus flytrap turning black during dormancy Venus flytrap turning black during dormancy

Venus flytrap turning black during dormancy

I’m breaking the artsy vibe for a minute. Here is a recent, but crappy cell phone photo of the entire pot of adult flytraps. This is the before photo of doing some major black trap trimming!

Adult Venus Flytraps in Dormancy

And here is the after photo! I trimmed away everything that was completely black and relatively easy to get to. I still triggered a few traps and accidentally cut some green growth, oops! Many plants still have thick clusters of dead traps that I couldn’t get to without practically uprooting the whole plant. I will wait a couple months before doing that!

Adult Venus Flytraps in Dormancy And now back to artsy photos! Mostly of the carcasses with some Sarracenia trimmings in there too.

Trimmings of Dead Venus flytraps. Dead plants have a special beauty to them!

Trimmings of Dead Venus flytraps. Dead plants have a special beauty to them! Trimmings of Dead Venus flytraps. Dead plants have a special beauty to them! Trimmings of Dead Venus flytraps. Dead plants have a special beauty to them! Trimmings of Dead Venus flytraps. Dead plants have a special beauty to them! Trimmings of Dead Venus flytraps. Dead plants have a special beauty to them! Trimmings of Dead Venus flytraps. Dead plants have a special beauty to them!

Of course, I can’t wait to see my plants growing again. But I’m content with this kind of natural beauty for now!

Have an excellent weekend everyone! 😀

One comment

  1. Henry Howell says:

    It is november and just replanted so to say .i dont have any colors or anything i just give it water.is it healty

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