Got bugs? Then you might want to get a Venus flytrap, a fascinating carnivorous (!) plant you can grow alongside all your other houseplants. This interesting little plant, native only to the bogs of the coastal Carolinas, is having a moment, being the second most popular plant on TikTok, according to Living Spaces research. (Google searches are also up 49 percent year over year.) So what makes it so fascinating, particularly on a platform known for video? Watching it in action, of course.
“The modified leaf traps crawling insects such as large ants and beetles, and less often, flying insects,” says Tony Avent, owner of Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Botanic Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina. “The plant has developed a series of trigger hairs, which require the insect to touch consecutively in order to close the trap. Typically, it stays closed about a week while its digestive enzymes dissolve the insect to obtain the nutrients.”
So, if TikTok influenced you to buy one—or you’re thinking about it but aren’t sure you’re ready for the commitment—here’s how to care for a Venus flytrap, from the environment it thrives in to how often you should water it.