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.
The well-known Venus' fly-trap, Dionsea muscipula, is the best of all the fly catching plants to keep in a window for occasional amusement, and it is moreover a proper adornment, for the beauty of its fringed leaves is at once unique and interesting. Droseras are, of course, to be desired by such as study " carnivorous plants, " but they are so small and slow in their movements as to try one's patience somewhat; whereas the Dionsea is comparatively large, with a quite mechanical gin-like leaf and very bold fringe of hairs that may be likened to the iron bars of a prison, and are as such to the captive flies that the gin has closed upon. Moreover, the Dionsea catches and keeps and digests large flies which, generally speaking, Drosera does not. Mr. Bull, some weeks since, mentioned incidently that he had received a very large consignment of Dionaeas, and I at once secured a few for myself and friends. After three weeks' occupation of tables in windows the plants distributed are all, without exception, perfectly healthy and as beautiful as when they first came to hand. The dozen I reserved for myself have been standing in a glass pan, with about an inch of water, in an airy greenhouse, and these also are still in perfect condition.
Water is the main requirement of this pretty plant, and a medium temperature suits it perfectly. - Shirley Hibberd in Gardener's Magazine.