Carnivorous, Vicious and Bizarre

Earlier this year the Franklin Park Conservatory here in Ohio had a plant exhibit featuring plants that fell into the categories listed above.  The carnivorous specimens were only dangerous if you happened to be an insect or in the case of the Sheep-eating plant, a sheep.  Now the vicious plants could do things to humans like cause hallucinations if ingested, irritate eyes and skin, jab you with spines or in a few cases like the hemlock and castor bean – kill you.  Mother Nature is something else 😉

Bizarre Botany

Peruvian Old Man Cactus, Pumpkin on a stick, Polka dot Begonia

The old man cactus; nice and fuzzy but with very sharp spines underneath.  The pumpkin on a stick is actually related to tomatoes and eggplants.  The begonia is spotty like this to camouflage itself from critters that may want to eat it.


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Carnivorous Plants

Venus Fly Trap, Sheep eating plant, Sundew

We all know how Venus works but the Sheep eating plant uses it’s long spines to ensnare animals with thick fur which causes the poor creatures to starve and become fertilizer for the plant.  The Sundew plants works somewhat like the Venus flytrap.


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Vicious Plants

Devil’s Trumpet, Porcupine Tomato, Honey Locust

The Porcupine Tomato is obviously dangerous but every part of the plant is poisonous if eaten.  The Devil’s Trumpet has flowers but this one wasn’t blooming.  It does contain substances that when ingested can cause hallucinations and death if taken in small doses.   And the Honey Locust is just not a tree that will ever be hugged.

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  1. #1 by milfordstreet on April 3, 2015 - 7:03 am

    It sounds like this should held at Halloween. I think some old movies had people dying by being eaten by huge carnivorous plants. i take it that this does not happen in Columbus.

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on April 3, 2015 - 8:49 am

      Good point! I wonder why they held it when they did. Scheduling I guess.

  2. #3 by Indah Susanti on April 3, 2015 - 10:28 am

    I would no want to be so close with these plants.. My respect to these plants – no playing around near them 🙂 Mother nature is always full of surprises!

  3. #5 by infraredrobert on April 3, 2015 - 11:46 am

    Plants are very interesting – thanks for the tour.

  4. #7 by Timothy Price on April 3, 2015 - 12:10 pm

    Mean plants! Gotta love them. Especially out here in the desert southwest where we have lots of spiny, mean and sometimes bizarre plants.

    • #8 by imagesbytdashfield on April 3, 2015 - 3:52 pm

      The cholla immediately comes to mind…mean critter that one!

      • #9 by Timothy Price on April 3, 2015 - 5:44 pm

        The goatheads are just plane evil, the tumble weeds are pesky, and can cause plenty of problems, the cockleburs are irritating, but not wide spread like goatheads and tumbleweeds, and at least cockleburs are probably the inspiration for velcro.

      • #10 by imagesbytdashfield on April 3, 2015 - 6:40 pm

        Ugh!!! Those cockleburs are irritating as heck! And yeah I’ve had the same thought about them being the inspiration for velcro.

  5. #11 by Valerie (Our Ruins) on April 3, 2015 - 6:28 pm

    Wow, these plants are so beautiful yet so dangerous…amazing!

  6. #13 by Nancy on April 4, 2015 - 11:23 pm

    Cool looking but E-vil!
    And I have to agree with Timothy… The Southwest has so many mean ones!
    but Terri… you are correct… Cholla… Darn right HORRIBLE!!

  7. #14 by kathryningrid on April 6, 2015 - 10:01 pm

    Gosh, I thought from your title that the post was going to be about Me. 😀 Cool photos!

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