There are many sites that offer blue venus flytrap seeds (or another unusual color). You can even see images of supposed plants in Google searches. Unfortunately, every listing is of fake seeds. Even if they were to successfully germinate, they would grow into a green or red venus flytrap.
This post will cover whether purple or blue venus flytraps exist, how they are marketed, as well as cover some of the more popular cultivars of these exotic plants.
Blue and Purple Venus Fly Traps Are a Scam
Banking on the popularity of the Venus flytrap, multiple sellers on reputable websites like Amazon, Etsy, and eBay say they have exotic and rare Venus flytrap seeds to grow into a unique carnivorous plant. However, without exception, the claims of these sellers are false. There are no purple or blue Venus flytraps in existence.
When ordering carnivorous plants through these sellers, you are likely to not receive anything at all. If the plants do show up, they are red, green, or dead. Most often, any seeds will not germinate at all as they are fake products. Some will grow into normal carnivorous plants if cared for properly, but they will not be blue Venus flytraps.
As real Venus flytrap plants can be a bit finicky, it is often a good idea to buy them locally. While they are often sold on sites like eBay, Etsy, and Amazon, you won’t know how healthy the plant is until you receive it. If you do decide to purchase online, make sure to fully read descriptions so that you don’t[ fall prey to false advertising and fake pictures.
Photos of Blue Fly Traps Are Edited
Those claiming to be in possession of blue or purple Venus Flytraps can provide photos of said plants as “proof” that they exist. However, the pictures provided only prove the ability of the scam artist to adjust settings on the photo to make a Venus flytrap appear blue and a red Venus flytrap to appear purple.
Skilled editors can make these changes and produce realistic results in a matter of seconds. For that reason, it is always important to conduct a little research on a plant, especially if you are completely unfamiliar with it.
To avoid being scammed, it is a good idea to only do business with reputable carnivorous plant growers who can not only sell you a healthy plant for your indoor garden but can answer your questions about how to care for it properly. There is a lot of misinformation about Venus flytraps and other carnivorous plants.
What Colors Are Venus Flytraps?
At this time, the only true colors of Venus Flytraps are green and red. There are variations on these themes…lighter green, darker red, etc…but still only green and red. If you want to care for a Venus Flytrap, you will need to settle for one of the available carnivorous plant varieties. While you may wish that the blue cultivar exists, avoid trading your hard-earned money on those ads for fake seeds.
Some of the more popular varieties include the following:
The Akai Ryu is an all-red cultivar. It can grow up to 5 inches high and will thrive in zones 6-9. This carnivorous plant will typically bloom in early summer. With the right knowledge going in, you can care for this venus flytrap easily enough. Sprout from seed or purchase the plant already grown in some soil.
The Justina Davis is a popular, all-green cultivar. It is unique in that it will only produce green coloration (without any red pigmentation). The plant showcases tall stalks and is sold on many reputable websites.
If you are looking for a large Venus Flytrap, you may like the B-52. The plant was named for the bomber and can grow very large traps that are longer than 2 inches each. You can either purchase the seeds or search for the plants when they go on sale at a local nursery.
Slack’s Giant is a very large Venus Flytrap. You can often find a hybrid of this plant with the B-52 to create a gorgeous plant with green lids and tips and a red center. As with other plants, look for a reputable seller with a clear description and reviews to avoid a scam.
On the Sawtooth plant, the cilia are not as long and are more jagged. It has a fringe along the edge of the leaf, giving it an appearance that matches its name. These plants are very unique and picture-worthy.
The cilia are not individual and the edge of the leaf supports a flossy veil of tissue on the Fused Tooth. The plants can grow to be quite large, especially if there is a large number of bugs that they can snack on in the area.
The King Henry Venus flytrap is another giant variety. It will form large traps that can measure longer than 1.5 inches at times. The plant has reddish centers when planted in full sun and will feed on flies and other wild pests native to their vicinity.
Buy From a Reputable Seller
No matter what you wish to purchase, it is always a good idea to buy your plants from a trusted seller, whether in person or online. Read reviews of other purchases (if you are on Amazon, look for verified purchases and images of the plant taken by customers to see a more accurate result of what you will receive).
Look for third-party reviews for any site or store that sells plants and see what customers have to say about them. While many nurseries will experience some problems (such as an infestation issue), there are stores that are passionate about selling real and healthy plants to their patrons.
While it will still be possible to fall for a scam (unfortunately) where you may end up with a fake seed or plant, putting in a little extra research could save you some money. Caring for a real Venus flytrap can be a rewarding experience.