New place for carnivorous plants in the Hortus

Published on Friday, May 10News

The Hortus has an extra attraction: the carnivore bed, a brand new bed for the collection of carnivorous plants. Due to the renovation of the Climate Greenhouse, a new place had to be found for the carnivore bed: a plant family that can’t be missed in a botanical garden. That spot was found against the warm south facade of the Hugo de Vries building and was realized by Vosse Natuure Tuinen on behalf of the Hortus.

Storage 10,000 liters of water

A rainwater storage of 10,000 liters has been built in underneath the bed. The edge consists of a 60 cm high wall of tuff stone topped by a peat swamp 20 cm deep with a very extensive and detailed collection, consisting mainly of North American carnivores planted in an ecological context. A small stream flows so that the water in the pond does not stagnate.

Pitcher plants (Sarracenia, Darlingtonia), sundew (Drosera), butterwort (Pinguicula), flytrap (Dionea) and bladderwort (Urtricularia) grow there. There are also various types of mosses (Sphagnum, Polytrichum) and spectacular swamp bloomers to admire, including orchids.

Hortus, Plantage Middenlaan 2A