This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Not at all times of the season is a prominent characteristic observable. For several years I did not detect one of the most distinctive features of this insect trap, the saccharine secretion. This phenomenon was not certainly known for several years after the discovery of the plant. On the 4th of July, '75, in company with Mrs. Austin and family, I went to celebrate the nation's holiday beside our peculiarly Californian curiosity, located in a large, oval bog in the center of a grove of alders. Much to our surprise, the tall, crowded cobra heads, upreared among snowy Parnassias, azure Eriigerons, yellow Nariheciums and purple asters appeared, dripping with glistening drops of honey. The catching operation was in full progress.
This saccharine fluid, of the consistence of honey, is secreted by glands of the hood, both without and within, standing in beads along the margins of the expanded cells, the translucent windows of the balloon-like hood. It is often so abundant as to unite and flow down, that on the inside into the forward, depressed part of the hood, that on the outside smearing the mustaches completely, in addition to a similar secretion of the latter. Not only was the curling, crimson-streaked mustache smeared throughout, but the border of the wing in its spiral curve half-round down to the root was gemmed with a line of honey globules. These globules in the oldest leaves were crystallized into sugar-plums, forming a not-to-be resisted decoy to the groundling below.
(To be Continued).