Meat-eating plants

Meat-eating plants

What’s green, lives on the ground and eats meat?

A meat-eating plant!

Have a look at this video:

Like other plants, the Venus flytrap gets nutrients (chemicals that it needs to grow) from the air and the soil. The soil it lives in doesn't have enough nutrients for the Venus flytrap to grow. The Venus flytrap gets extra nutrients from insects.


Sundews look like this:


They're called sundew because the sticky goo on the leaves of the plants sparkles like dew in the sun. Insects looking for food are attracted to sweet, sticky goo inside the leaves. The insects are trapped and eaten by the plant.

Next time you're out for a walk in the countryside, see if you can see a carnivorous plant. Or, have a go at our carnivorous quiz!

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