Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2009
Regional Report

Books

Carnivorous Plants
Author Peter D'Amato's passion for carnivorous plants is evident in his book, The Savage GardenL Cultivating Carnivorous Plants (Ten Speed Press, 1998). His lively sense of humor and ghoulish charm hold the reader fascinated with the diversity of the carnivorous family of plants. The book is well illustrated with excellent photographs and provides not only growing tips but also the provenance of each species. The book covers the basics of cultivation, where to grow the plants, and an in-depth look at each species of plants in the carnivorous family. The Savage Garden is a must-read if you are curious about carnivores.

Favorite or New Plant

Cobra Lily
The California cobra lily (Darlingtonia californica) is a native which was discovered near Mt. Shasta in 1841. The plant has a striking resemblance to a cobra snake, complete with hood and forked tongue.

Cobra plants may be found in coastal bogs, wet grassy meadows, or on gravely slopes where water is constantly seeping. The plant grows from a rhizome, first producing a flower in late winter. The striking leaves follow as the days grow longer. Insects are attracted to the nectar-baited tongue and then fly into the hollow hood. The pitcher is lined with downward-pointing hairs making escape almost impossible.

Cobra lily has a reputation for being difficult to grow. Providing an ample amount of refrigerated water and night time temperatures below 60 degrees will make cultivation a snap!

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