We all know that ghost, goblins and ghouls are scary. And plenty of creatures and insects have the ability to terrify, but did you know that some plants could also be scary too?
From meat-eating plants to plants that can play dead and then suddenly spring back to life, the plant world offers up some surprisingly scary plants, and that’s before we get started on all the plants that can sting, nip and prick!
We come up four of our favorite scary plants that are actually quite beautiful to look at. These fascinating plants will keep you and your children entertained all year round and have the added bonus of being incredibly easy to look after.
Probably the most famous of the flesh-eating plants, the Venus fly trap does exactly what it says on the tin! The hinged jaws remain tantalizingly open, drawing in its prey, and then SNAP, once a fly has brushed up against the teeth (or trigger hairs) the jaw quickly shuts and the plant will then start to devour the insect.
These plants are extremely easy to care for, and simply need water and a warm environment to thrive in and keep down your bug population.
This cunning plant will pretend to be dead if you touch it, and then after a few minutes it will spring back to life. Its vivid green foliage will literally curl up and play dead. The Mimosa Pudica is so sensitive that even the slightest touch from a human hand will have this effect. Don’t worry though, after about 5 to 10 minutes the plant will return to its normal bushy state.
Another bug-eating plant is the Pitcher Plant, these beautiful plant has long leaves which it folds into a cup or goblet shape. The plant then produces sweet smelling nectar to lure unsuspecting insects into the tubular leaves. Once there, the insect will slowly drown in the sticky nectar which uses chemicals to devour the nutrients from the bug.
Cacti and succulents are fascinating plants; with spines or strange spongy leaves these plants can grow into strange and unusual shapes. Cacti are a particular favorite with children, not only are these prickly plants awesome to look at (particularly against a glow in the dark background), but they so easy to look after as they hardly ever need watering.