The first is a carnivorous plant that gets asked for a lot, mostly by kids. It's the Venus Flytrap!
Venus Flytrap, (Dionaea muscipula): is a carnivorous plant that catches and digests animal prey—mostly insects and arachnids. Its trapping structure is formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant's leaves and is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces. When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap closes if a different hair is contacted within twenty seconds of the first strike.
The Venus Flytrap is found in environments, such as bogs and wet savannahs. Small in stature and slow growing, the Venus flytrap tolerates fire well, and depends on periodic burning to suppress its competition, It survives in wet sandy and peaty soils. Although it has been successfully transplanted and grown in many locales around the world, it is found natively only in North and South Carolina in the United States, specifically within a 60-mile radius of Wilmington, North Carolina. There also appears to be a naturalized population of Venus Flytraps in northern Florida as well as populations in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The Venus Flytrap is not a tropical plant and can tolerate mild winters. In fact, Venus Flytraps that do not go through a period of winter dormancy will weaken and die after a period of time. (Source: Wikipedia)
|Venus Fly Traps in our Greenhouse|
Another favorite of mine is a Staghorn Fern. We have some in our greenhouse now, small but very healthy and vigorous growers.
Staghorn or also called Elkhorn Fern (Platycerium): is a genus of about 18 fern species in the poly pod family, Polypodiaceae. Ferns in this genus are widely known for their uniquely-shaped fronds. This genus is epithetic and is native to tropical and temperate areas of South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Guinea.
A few years back I had one that was over 5 feet across (like the big one below). A specimen that made it into the Boston Flower Show where someone offered us $500.00 for it and someone (I won't say) sold it when I wasn't there. Ugh I still have nightmares about that! I have not seen one so large in our area since.
|Staghorn's in our Greenhouse|
|Growing in the Wild|
|Like the one that got away|
Well those are just two of the many varieties of plants that you can find at Pemberton Farms. Below are some pictures of our greenhouse featuring the regular players too, tropical foliage, flowering plants, hanging baskets and more. Stop in sometime and say hi.
Here are a few pics of our greenhouse this month. Grab lunch in our gourmet food store and sit, eat and drink among the plants.
|Have lunch in our Greenhouse. We make yummy sandwiches!|
|A small selection of herbs for your indoor garden|
|Grab and Go planters|