Insect eating plants!

Sundew plants

Sundew plants

Last weekend for a change from our beloved Peak District, we provided a few guided walks in Snowdonia.

In a marshy area on the hills to the north of Capel Curig we spotted these lovely little Sundew plants amongst some Sphagnum Moss.  Their rounded leaves are tipped with pink, sticky globules which they use to attract and catch insects.  They then digest the insects to supplement their diet in the nitrogen poor soils.

In years gone-by the juice from this plant’s leaves has been put on warts, bunions and corns in the belief that it would cure them.

I believe that there are a few Sundews in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District, but I have never been lucky enough to find them.

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