I BOUGHT A PITCHER PLANT!!!!!
I drove straight from work. I was nervous. I was ready. Traffic was awful.
I got the very last plant!
The check-out guy told me that the store had only had a couple of shipments but people were buying them like crazy. He also said that the plant was really cool and I screeched out "I know!"
I bounced out of the store, holding this dangling plant while people stared at me. I bet they were impressed and kind of jealous.
I brought my fabulous new plant home and took these pictures:
The tag said to keep the soil watered at all times, and to fill the pitchers half-full of water.
Bugs do not stand a chance against this plant. I want to name it. I want to research how to keep it alive in the winter months. I want more pitcher plants!
I have an uncomfortable feeling that I'm about to be mocked for my enthusiasm on this subject. It's like glitter all over again.
No matter. I have liked carnivorous plants since I was 7 or 8. Venus flytraps seemed to be in a lot of cartoons and they were sentient and smiling, eating people and bugs alike.
Carnivorous plants aren't sentient, like pets (but I wish they were). There are different types of traps, but the pitcher plant has pitfall traps. Bugs crawl in and are trapped because of the slippery inside and digested. Digested!!! How exciting!
I'm still not sure which type of plant I have specifically, but I've enjoyed looking around the Internet to find out. Look at this to see all the different types with the fun Latin words. Then look at this to see an American pitcher plant. And look at this again
to see my superawesome pitcher plant.