The Fascinating World of Venus Flytrap Cultivars

Do you have a fascination with the unique and mysterious Venus flytrap? If so, you’ll be delighted to explore the world of registered cultivars! In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most captivating varieties of Venus flytraps. Get ready to be amazed by their beauty and distinctive features.

A Diverse Collection of Cultivars

Below, you’ll find a list of cultivated Venus flytrap varieties, including both established and preliminary registrations. Each entry includes a captivating photo (where available), the cultivar’s name, the registrant’s name, and a brief description. While some details are provided here, for a more comprehensive understanding of each cultivar, visit the specific cultivar page of your interest.

If you have a photograph of a missing cultivar and would like to contribute, please email it to [email protected], and you’ll receive due credit for your submission.

Akai Ryu Venus Fly Trap

Akai Ryu

Registered by: Ron Gagliardo

‘Akai Ryu’, meaning ‘Red Dragon’ in Japanese, is a stunning red form of the Venus flytrap. This variety is widely available and known for its deep maroon to burgundy-colored leaves, petioles, and traps. It displays typical leaf and flower growth patterns.

Alien

Registered by: Guillaume Bily

Discovered in the Netherlands during an open day at the Carniflora carnivorous plant nursery, ‘Alien’ is an intriguing Venus flytrap variety. It features long, narrow traps with abundant tiny trigger hairs, fierce-looking teeth, and highly arched traps.

B52 Venus Fly Trap

B52

Registered by: Barry Rice
Photo by: Robert Ziemer

Developed by Henning von Schmeling, ‘B52’ is renowned as the largest cultivated variety of Venus flytrap. It boasts vigorous growth and exceptionally large traps, which can reach over 2 inches with proper care. The traps also acquire a deep coloration in bright light.

Big Mouth*

Registered by: Tony Camilleri

Also known as ‘Red-Purple,’ ‘Big Mouth’ features large traps on short leaves. Please note that this name is not registered with the International Carnivorous Plant Society (ICRA) due to an insufficient description.

Clayton

Clayton’s Red Sunset

Registered by: Colin Clayton

‘Clayton’s Red Sunset’ stands out among other red varieties in several ways. Its unique features include long, thin petioles, a deep dark red coloration, and yellow teeth on new traps (compared to the green teeth of ‘Akai Ryu’). When exposed to full sun, this cultivar can appear almost black.

Clumping Cultivar*

Registered by: Peter D’Amato
Photo by: Ryan Morse

This cultivar’s name was established by D’Amato in his book “The Savage Garden.” ‘Clumping Cultivar’ produces clumps of densely packed leaves, forming a mound of rosetted growing points. However, please note that its registration is preliminary due to a missing standard.

Coquillage Venus Fly Trap

Coquillage

Registered by: Guillaume Bily

Discovered in the Netherlands, ‘Coquillage’ features short, widely spaced teeth on thick traps, resembling a shell. The name ‘Coquillage’ means ‘shell’ in French.

Cupped Trap

Registered by: Steven Stewart

‘Cupped Trap’ cultivates fused traps that give them a distinctive “cupped” appearance. Due to its rhizome’s tendency to divide frequently, growing a large ‘Cupped Trap’ plant presents a challenge.

Dentate Traps Venus Fly Trap

Dentate Traps

Registered by: Barry Meyers-Rice

Unlike their long, hair-like counterparts, the spines of ‘Dentate Traps’ are short and triangular, resembling sharp little teeth. This cultivar group includes the previously registered ‘Dentate’ and ‘Dente’ cultivars.

Fused Tooth

Registered by: Peter D’Amato

‘Fused Tooth’ appears as a typical Venus flytrap in the spring but displays middle and end season traps with fewer spines. These spines are fused together by “webbing,” creating a unique and intriguing pattern.

Green Dragon Venus Fly Trap

Green Dragon

Registered by: Marcus Erbacher & M. Stoeckl

‘Resembling the ‘Akai Ryu’ in color and appearance, ‘Green Dragon’ exhibits traps with green margins even under intense light. It is truly a captivating variety worth adding to any Venus flytrap collection.

Holland Red

Registered by: Marcus Erbacher & M. Stoeckl
Photo by: Carnivorous Plants UK

Similar to ‘Red Dragon’ and ‘Green Dragon,’ ‘Holland Red’ is another red variety whose coloration may revert to a greener tone without sufficient lighting. It offers a delightful alternative to the traditional red cultivars.

Jaws Venus Fly Trap

Jaws

Registered by: Leo Song Jr.

‘Jaws’ is a vigorous Venus flytrap with large, deep red traps and short, pointy spines. When closed, its “teeth” resemble those of a shark, making it a captivating addition to any collection.

Justina Davis

Registered by: Barry Rice
Photo by: Robert Ziemer

‘Justina Davis’ stands out with its distinctively green traps that remain so even under intense light. This cultivar is a great choice for those looking for a Venus flytrap with consistently green coloration.

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Kinchyaku*

Registered by: Katsuhiko Kondo

‘Kinchyaku,’ meaning ‘purse’ in English, is a variety that offers limited information. While a detailed description or photograph is scarce, it is known for its imperfect trap closure. Please note that this name is not registered with the International Carnivorous Plant Registration Authority (ICRA).

Korean Melody Shark

Registered by: Dr. Gi-Won Jang

‘Korean Melody Shark’ is a peculiar variety with poorly formed traps resting on long, thin, spaghetti-like petioles. Its name is derived from the fact that it originated in Korea, with the trap blades resembling musical notes. Both of its parents derive from a form of “Shark Tooth.”

Louchapates

Registered by: Romuald Anfraix

‘Louchapates’ is distinguished by its spines. This variety’s teeth are flattened and wider than those of typical Venus flytraps since each tooth is formed by the fusion of three or four spines. The tips of the teeth often reveal their fused nature, providing a unique appearance. ‘Louchapates’ translates to ‘Noodle Ladle’ in English.

Microdent Venus Fly Trap

Microdent

Registered by: Gayl Quenon
Photo by: Ryan Morse

As the name suggests, ‘Microdent’ exhibits marginal teeth on its traps that are smaller than average. This variety belongs to the ‘Dentate Traps’ group, which is named after its small teeth. Note that ‘Microdent’ is sometimes mistakenly referred to as “microteeth” or “microdentata,” but the correct name is ‘Microdent.’

Mirror

Registered by: Dieter Blancquaert

‘Mirror’ showcases partial traps or “flanges” on the back and sides of its normal traps. This cultivar varies in leaf appearance, ranging from normal traps to double traps and everything in between, including little “wings” or even “cups” on each side of the trap. Double traps are typically formed at the beginning and end of a growing season.

Red Burgundy Venus Fly Trap

Petite Dragon

Registered by: Robert Ziemer

‘Resembling the ‘Akai Ryu’ cultivar in color and characteristics, ‘Petite Dragon’ is a smaller variety. Additionally, the flower stalk of this cultivar usually splits into two stalks, providing an added touch of uniqueness.

Red Burgundy

Registered by: Marcus Erbacher & M. Stoeckl
Photo by: Carnivorous Plants UK

Intensely dark red or burgundy in color, ‘Red Burgundy’ exhibits more vigorous growth compared to other red varieties. This cultivar is a must-have for enthusiasts seeking a striking and vibrant addition to their collection.

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Red Piranha

Registered by: Ed Read

Among the many cultivars available, ‘Red Piranha’ is a personal favorite. It combines the captivating coloration of ‘Akai Ryu’ with the triangular spines of the ‘Dentate Traps.’ This variety’s traps resemble the mouth of a little red piranha.

Red Rosetted*

Registered by: Peter D’Amato

Another cultivar established by Peter D’Amato in his book “The Savage Garden,” ‘Red Rosetted’ possesses year-round rosetted leaves with deep red interior traps. Please note that its registration is preliminary due to a missing standard.

Royal Red Venus Fly Trap

Royal Red*

Registered by: AUPBR 464
Photo by: Carnivorous Plants UK

‘Registered by Exotica Plants of Australia, ‘Royal Red’ showcases a deep red color throughout all plant parts, except for the green or golden trap margin. Its petioles are typically erect and narrow. Please note that the cultivar name is not registered, as the national registration authority has not provided data.

Sawtooth

Registered by: Barry Meyers-Rice

Also known as ‘Fine Tooth,’ ‘Saw Tooth,’ ‘Comb Tooth,’ and ‘Dentata,’ ‘Sawtooth’ belongs to the ‘Dentate Traps’ group. It features small triangular teeth, each further divided into two or three “subteeth,” resulting in a frayed and soft appearance along the trap’s margin.

Scarlet Bristle

Registered by: Rick Keehn

The ‘Scarlet Bristle’ Venus flytrap boasts a vibrant red coloration that can deepen into a rich burgundy with ample lighting. Its striking appearance, coupled with “bristly” marginal spines and trigger hairs, makes it a true standout.

Wacky Traps Venus Fly Trap

Wacky Traps

Registered by: Barry Rice

‘Wacky Traps’ offer a unique variation with thicker traps and petioles compared to typical Venus flytraps. These traps close slowly, often taking several minutes, and have been affectionately dubbed “Bart Simpson” due to their resemblance to Bart’s hair. This variety is slow-growing and even produces peculiar-looking flowers.

Cultivar Groups

Currently, the only established cultivar group for Dionaea muscipula is the Dentate Traps Group. This group includes all cultivars with triangular or tooth-like marginal spines.

Isn’t it exciting to delve into the vast array of Venus flytrap cultivars? Each variety offers a unique blend of beauty and captivating features. Whether you’re an avid collector or simply intrigued by these carnivorous wonders, exploring the world of Venus flytrap cultivars is sure to bring delight and fascination. So, why not embark on your journey to discover the perfect addition to your own collection?