April 30, 2013

Slytherin lily

Which way to the bog? That’s where native plants meet Hogwarts, in the slimy, hairy throat of California’s own version of the carnivorous Pitcher plant. The Cobra lily has translucent patches on its sinuous head, the better to exhaust its insect prey as they vainly move toward the light in attempted escape.

Would you call this plant a darling? Someone did—Latin name is Darlingtonia californica. Actually, that was part of the honor-your-fave-botanist game, to celebrate Mr. Darlington.

Photo courtesy Colorado Carnivorous Plant Society

New York Times—-Hey, someone’s got to plant all those tulips on Park Avenue.



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