Sarracling photo and description of a predatory plant, care at home

Someday a predatory insectivorous flower? Meet Sarracles! It is not just growing-it eats: insects, spider-brush. Sarrazia is the most significant and large of all the subspecies of famous predatory plants, while distinguished by the most unusual form.

This flower is a leaf rolled into a trap, starting from the root and this miracle will not leave anyone indifferent. The bizarre silhouette and unusual coloring of Sarrazia makes it similar to fantastic unearthly creatures. Extravagance is an exceptional feature of this plant that distinguishes it from all the others.


Sarrazia is endemic, t.e. a plant that lives exclusively in a limited habitat of the North Atlantic. True, one of its species was successfully acclimatized in the swamps of Ireland, where he was accidentally brought.

Insects that attract an amazing aroma of this unusual flower (and it actively stands out thanks to the special nectarosted glands of the Sarrasa), fall on a lift sheet and here the hunt begins! The fly glides down the honey path and the walls are equipped with special hairs to allow only one trajectory to move only. Very soon the insect is trapped in a drive-and from there it is no longer possible to get out. The digestive juices of the plant dissolve the insect and thus provide sanitation not only with nutrients, but also increase the content of calcium, magnesium, nitrogen and other minerals.

Some birds are often used by such crackers, adapting them as feeders, and digging insects that have caught there. And not only insects there is evidence that this flower is able to digest even small frogs.


The family of these plants consists of several genera, which includes not many types:

  • Darlingtonium (total 1 species);
  • Heliathor 15 species;
  • Sarracennia it consists of 11 types.
  • Some of the species of this plant look too decorative and therefore are cultivated in many countries. Yellow Sarrazia a perennial with very large orange flowers and juicy lilies of leaves were particularly widespread. Moreover, with home propagation of sounding, he can live (of course, subject to appropriate departure) even without special feeding with insects.

    How it looks

    Sarrazia is a perennial swamp grass of a rhizome type, which is one of the largest of the famous insectivorous flowers. The lower parts of the leaves of this species are scaly and already above them a socket of large hunting leaves is formed, forming unusual tube jugs with a wide neck.

    Bright and very large flowers (they have a double perianth!) rise above the leaves on a skewed peduncle usually there is one flower for each individual. A special difference between this flower is a giant and very unusual umbrella column with tiny stigmas on each of the petals.

    Some species of such plants are able to form vast thickets, settling in a swampy area. And the ribbed jugs of flowers, which vertically depart from the horizontal rhizome reach giant sizes almost a meter.

    Sarracia feeds on insects usually small, and is the largest of its subspecies: to attract its victims, the flower has a bright and unusual form.

    Rosettes in the form of elongated leaflets are formed directly from the root system-and the sheets themselves form lins-trap. Inside such traps, the victim awaits a viscous and sticky liquid with digestive characteristics. Water lilies from below are quite narrow, and as they grow, they expand. Some of the sheet forms a peculiar lid in the form of a canopy.

    At the same time, unlike other similar flowers, sanitation is customary to be attributed to passive plants. The flower does not slam the victim it just drowns in digestive juice and gradually digested in it.


    Sarrazia is one of the predatory flowers that takes root perfectly at home. And the care of it, despite all the features of the plant, does not differ from the care of any other.

    This predator is swamp residents therefore, when living in an apartment, it requires abundant lighting (at least 10 hours a day), watering without restriction, and, of course, feeding usual food insects. In response to the care of sanitation, you will delight you with plentiful and colorful flowering. There are no problems with the propagation of this plant sarrashy can multiply with sockets, seeds and even parts of the root system. When growing from seeds, the first flowers will please you only after 5 years.

    Such a predator can be brought in a room, a greenhouse, on a loggia or a glazed balcony, in botanical gardens. The flower fits perfectly into any landscapefor its emerald leaves decorated with burgundy veins.

    It must be noted that this green representative of the flora is very negative about the poor quality of water for irrigation, it is necessary to use filtered or at least defended water.

    Sarrazia does not have any problems with soil it refers to acidic soil.  It is advisable to add moss, large sea sand and charcoal to it. The plant does not need special top dressing, since in its homeland it grows calmly in poor substrates.

    What eats

    Sarracia a predator that got used to arranging jugglers from his own leaves, feeding his victims with sweetly smelling juice. Once in the gastric fluid, insects become victims of the protozoa, bacteria and claws, which gradually break down his body. In the process of such “eating” substances suitable for assimilation of the flower are developed. Initially, of course, their own enzymes fulfill this function in young sarrashy leaves, but over time, the simplest and invertebrates take on this task, helping the flower in the process of digesting food.

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