Special treat! Plants you’ve NEVER seen before + UJB!

Venus flytrap in a thrifted ceramic container. Click to see more!

Time for another special Urban Jungle Bloggers post! With this month’s theme, I took the opportunity to challenge myself and post some plants that haven’t appeared on this blog yet. You may have seen some of these on my Instagram if you follow (hint: you should!).

This month’s UJB theme was #plantcolorpop and what a challenge it was for me! I favor neutral, earthy colors in almost everything, from the backgrounds of my photos to my clothes. My favorite color is green, so I love bits of bright green here and there but overall I’m not a “color pop” type of person!  Still, I welcome a challenge!

For these colorful backgrounds, I used colored cardstock paper I had for making cards and crafting.

Utricularia nelumbifolia was by far my favorite plant with the blue background! This is an epiphytic utricularia from Brazil! Nelumbo is a genus of aquatic plants, most often known as lotuses. The blue really lends that aquatic, lotus-y feel!

Utricularia nelumbifolia, an epiphytic bladderwort with lotus-like leaves. It's also a carnivorous plant!

 

I also shot this typical Venus flytrap on the blue background, but I actually prefer it on the pink background! (Scroll back up to see the first image of this post) That is pretty shocking, as I’m NOT a girl who likes pink at all!

Venus flytrap in a thrifted ceramic container. Click to see more!

 

I liked the contrast between FTS Maroon Monster’s leaves and the greenish yellow background.

FTS Maroon Monster. A large, robust, red cultivar of Venus flytrap.

 

I like how this little flytrap really blends in with the background, but the planter it’s in stands out so strongly! (Psst: Win this plant + tons more in my latest giveaway! Click here!)

Venus flytrap in a thrifted ceramic container. Click to see more!

 

Some of the red Sarracenia looked really nice on a different green background! This one below is a young “Reptilian Rose” (Thanks, Rob!) You can see the hint of a pointy, funky lip on the right pitcher, but these divisions are still a bit small to display those crazy, reptilian traits! Maybe in another year or two, but I do love the red color they’ve become!

Young pitchers of Sarracenia "Reptilian Rose". North American pitcher plant hybrid.

Another young Sarracenia division diggin’ the minty green background! This one is “Lamentations” x  flava red.

Sarracenia flava red x "Lamentations". North American pitcher plant hybrid.

 

FTS Crimson Sawtooth, you are beautiful against any background color. Be still, my heart!

FTS Crimson Sawtooth. A red cultivar of Venus Flytrap with short, jagged teeth. Click to see more!

FTS Crimson Sawtooth. A red cultivar of Venus Flytrap with short, jagged teeth. Click to see more!

FTS Crimson Sawtooth. A red cultivar of Venus Flytrap with short, jagged teeth. Click to see more!

FTS Crimson Sawtooth. A red cultivar of Venus Flytrap with short, jagged teeth. Click to see more!

 

I was genuinely surprised at how many plants actually looked really good against the pink background! Here’s Utricularia livida! You can see the shape of the flower very nicely against the color pop.

Utricularia livida. A carnivorous bladderwort with tiny, delicate flowers. Click to see more!

Utricularia livida. A carnivorous bladderwort with tiny, delicate flowers. Click to see more!

And last but not least, here’s a shot of my smallest Sarracenia “Hummer’s Hammerhead”! I don’t think I’ve shown these guys on the blog since I first got them, and they were all headless. They’ve come a long way since then!

Sarracenia "Hummer's Hammerhead". A North American pitcher plant hybrid.

Thank you for checking out this #plantcolorpop challenge! I hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

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Which color background did you like best? Let me know in a comment!

24 comments

  1. Stefania says:

    Hi Maria, fellow UrbanJungleBlogger 🙂
    Carnivores are really gorgeous plants, plus I love your choice of colour for the backdrop. Green on green, purple on purple… beautiful indeed.

    • Maria says:

      Hi Stefania! Thank you for the nice comment. 😀 My color choices were a bit limited so I worked with what I had!

  2. Paige says:

    Beautiful photos as always! I love the tone of background colors you chose, bright but soothing. And your plants are looking wonderful as ever!

    • Maria says:

      Thank you, Paige. You should totally participate in Urban Jungle Bloggers! You’ve got the plants and the skills for it!

    • Maria says:

      Thank you, Tina! There are many carnivores that are sooooooo easy! You just need to know their specific needs. 🙂

  3. Judith says:

    Wow Maria!!! These are fabulous! I love how your gorgeous plants stand on out the colorful backgrounds, they look photobook worthy! And makes me want some carnivorous plants even more! Thank you for your beautiful contribution for this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers topic!

    • Maria says:

      Thank you, Judith! A photobook has been at the back of mind, so that’s encouraging! 🙂 Come to California and I’ll give you some plants, but it’s up to you to smuggle them into France. LOL!

  4. Tyson says:

    Wow! Everything is looking good! I still love the flytrap you planted in the ceramic pitcher, it looks awesome! I’ve never realized how beautiful Hummer’s Hanmerhead is!! The white areoles really make the golden pitchers pop!

  5. Rob says:

    YAY! Man, I’m late to the party and finally have a chance to catch up on some blogs – the plants look great! Do you have room for more? I think I need to get a dividing party going on soon. 🙂 Great photos, Maria! I love the fresh pops of color. And the plants too! Very nice!

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