Venus Fly Trap Registered Cultivars List

Below you will find a list of all of the cultivated varieties of venus fly traps. This list includes some registrations that are preliminary. Any preliminary registrations will be noted with a red asterisk * and explanation.

This listing of Dionaea muscipula cultivars contains a photo (when available), the name of the cultivar, the name of the registrant, and a brief description of the cultivar. For more information including the publication that the cultivar was in, the breeder of the cultivar, the group of the cultivar and a more in depth description, visit the cultivar page for the plant you are interested in. If none exists, be patient. I hope to have them all up soon.

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PhotoCultivar NameDescription

Akai Ryu Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Akai Ryu’
Registered by: Ron Gagliardo
‘Akai Ryu’, japanese for ‘Red Dragon’, is a beautiful red form of the Venus fly trap. It is highly distributed now and easily available to most growers. ‘Akai Ryu’ Venus fly traps have typical leaf and flower growth, but the leaf, petiole and trap are dark maroon to burgundy in coloration.
Alien Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Alien’
Registered by: Guillaume Bily
Discovered in the Netherlands during an open day of the carnivorous plant nursery Carniflora, Dionaea muscipula ‘Alien’ is a very interesting looking Venus fly trap with long, narrow traps, lots of tiny trigger hairs, vicious looking teeth and a highly arched trap.
B52 Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘B52′
Registered by: Barry Rice
Photo by: Robert Ziemer
Develop by Henning von Schmeling, Dionaea ‘B52′ is considered the largest cultivated variety. It is known for its vigorous growth and extremely large traps which can reach over 2 inches when the plant is kept healthy. The traps also attain a deep coloration in bright light.
Big Mouth Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Big Mouth’*
Registered by: Tony Camilleri
Sometimes called ‘Red-Purple’, Dionaea ‘Big Mouth’ is characterized by very large traps on short leaves.*The name is not registered with IRA, due to an insufficient description.*
Bohemian Garnet Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Bohemian Garnet’
Registered by: Miroslav Srba
Photo by: Robert Ziemer
Previously “Red Sawtooth”, Dionaea ‘Bohemian Garnet’ is an F2 cross between ‘Royal Red’ and a typically colored ‘Sawtooth’. Full grown plants are half the size of a typical Venus Fly Trap. The plant’s coloration is similar to that of an ‘Akai Ryu’ but traps have a sawtooth look as opposed to the dentate look of the traps of the ‘Red Piranha’.
Clayton's Red Sunset Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Clayton’s Red Sunset’
Registered by: Colin Clayton
Dionaea ‘Clayton’s Red Sunset’ is another all red variety that differs from other red varieties in a several ways. A few of these are: 1) It has long thin petioles. 2) It is totally red except for the teeth on new traps, which are yellow as compared to green on the ‘Akai Ryu’. 3) It is a deeper darker red than most other red cultivars. It becomes almost black in full sun.
Clumping Cultivar Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Clumping Cultivar’*
Registered by: Peter D’Amato
Photo by: Ryan Morse
A cultivar name that was established on page 66 of “The Savage Garden” by D’Amato. Dionaea ‘Clumping Cultivar’ produces “clumps of rosetted growing points, which result in a mound of densely packed leaves”.*Registration is preliminary because the standard is missing.*
Coquillage Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Coquillage’
Registered by: Guillaume Bily
Discovered in the Netherlands during an open day of the carnivorous plant nursery Carniflora, Dionaea muscipula ‘Coquillage’ has short, widely space teeth on thick traps that resemble a shell, hence the name (coquillage means shell in French).
Cupped Trap Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Cupped Trap’
Registered by: Steven Stewart
Dionaea ‘Cupped Trap’ forms traps that are fused at the distal end, giving the traps a “cupped” appearance. Due to its tendency of the rhizome to divide frequently, a ‘Cupped Trap’ plant is challenging to grow to a large size.
Dentate Traps Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Dentate Traps’
Registered by: Barry Meyers-Rice
Instead of being long and hair-like, the spines of the Dionaea ‘Dentate Traps’ are short and triangular, like sharp little teeth – hence Dentate. Included in this cultivar are the ‘Dentate’ and ‘Dente’ culitvars previously registered by D’Amato.
Fused Tooth Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Fused Tooth’
Registered by: Peter D’Amato
Appearing like a typical Venus Fly Trap in the spring, Dionaea ‘Fused Tooth’ displays middle and end season traps that have fewer spines and the spines are fused together by “webbing”.
Green Dragon Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Green Dragon’
Registered by: Marcus Erbacher & M. Stoeckl
Very similar in color and appearance to the ‘Akai Ryu’, Dionaea ‘Green Dragon’ exhibits traps whose margins remain green even when exposed to intense light.
Holland Red Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Holland Red’
Registered by: Marcus Erbacher & M. Stoeckl
Photo by: Carnivorous Plants UK
Another red variety that is similar to the ‘Red Dragon’ and ‘Green Dragon’. My interpretation is that it will more easily revert to being greener without sufficient lighting than will other red varieties.
Jaws Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Jaws’
Registered by: Leo Song Jr.
A vigorous variety with large, deep red colored traps, Dionaea ‘Jaws’ has short, pointy spines. The “teeth” look like shark teeth when the trap has just closed.
Justina Davis Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Justina Davis’
Registered by: Barry Rice
Photo by: Robert Ziemer
Dionaea ‘Justina Davis’ always has completely green traps even when exposed to the most intense light.
Help Out Dionaea ‘Kinchyaku’*
Registered by: Katsuhiko Kondo
Dionaea ‘Kinchyaku’, purse in English, is difficult to find much information on. Unable to find a good description and having never seen the plant first hand or even a photo, the best description I found is that ‘Kinchyaku’ plants have imperfect closure. I assume this is due to misshapen traps.*Name not registered with ICRA.*
Korean Melody Shark Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Korean Melody Shark’
Registered by: Dr. Gi-Won Jang
Dionaea ‘Korean Melody Shark’ is a very odd little flytrap. It has poorly formed traps that rest on the end of very long, thin, spaghetti-like petioles. It’s name is derived from the fact that it was initially grown in Korea (hence “Korean”), “Melody” because the trap blades look like musical notes, and “Shark” because both of its parents were an a form of “Shark Tooth”.
Louchapates Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Louchapates’
Registered by: Romuald Anfraix
Dionaea ‘Louchapates’ is yet another variety that is distinctive because of its spines. The teeth are flattened and wider than typical Dionaea plants due to the fact that each is formed by the fusion of three or four spines. The tips of the teeth are normally multiply divided, which reveals the fused nature of the teeth. Louchapates translates to ‘Noodle Ladle’ in english.
Microdent Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Microdent’
Registered by: Gayl Quenon
Photo by: Ryan Morse
As the name indicates, Dionaea ‘Microdent’ exhibits marginal teeth on its traps which are smaller than normal. In fact, ‘Microdent’ has the smallest teeth of any of the cultivars in the cultivar group ‘Dentate Traps’, which is so named because of its small teeth. Currently ‘Microdent’ and sometimes referred to as “microteeth” or “microdentata”, the name is to be corrected to ‘Microdent’.
Mirror Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Mirror’
Registered by: Dieter Blancquaert
Dionaea ‘Mirror’ produces “flanges” or partial traps on the back and sides of the normal trap. The variability ranges from leaves with normal traps to leaves with double traps and everything in between (little “wings” or even “cups” on each side of the trap). Double traps are formed in the beginning and the end of a growing season.
Petite Dragon Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Petite Dragon’
Registered by: Robert Ziemer
Similar in color and characteristics to the ‘Akai Ryu’ cultivar, but smaller. Also, the flower stalk normally bifurcates (splits into 2 stalks).
Red Burgundy Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Red Burgundy’
Registered by: Marcus Erbacher & M. Stoeckl
Photo by: Carnivorous Plants UK
Intense dark red or burgundy in color, Dionaea ‘Red Burgundy’ is also noted to have more vigorous growth than other red varieties.
Red Piranha Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Red Piranha’
Registered by: Ed Read
My personal favorite cultivar, the ‘Red Piranha’ has the coloration of an ‘Akai Ryu’ plant, but with triangular spines of the ‘Dentate Traps’ cultivar. Its traps look just like the mouth of a little red piranha.
Help Out Dionaea ‘Red Rosetted’*
Registered by: Peter D’Amato
Another cultivar name that came into existence on page 66 of “The Savage Garden” by D’Amato, Peter writes “The leaves are rosetted all year, with deep red interior traps.”*Registration is preliminary because the standard is missing.*
Royal Red Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Royal Red’*
Registered by: AUPBR 464
Photo by: Carnivorous Plants UK
Dionaea ‘Royal Red’ was isolated and patented by Exotica Plants of Australia. All parts of the plant are a deep red with the exception of the trap margin, which is green or golden. It has medium length petioles that are usually erect and narrow.*The cultivar name is not registered. The national registration authority refuses to provide data, January 1999 (JS).*
Sawtooth Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Sawtooth’
Registered by: Barry Meyers-Rice
Also known as “Fine Tooth”, “Saw Tooth”, “Comb Tooth,” and “Dentata”, Dionaea ‘Sawtooth’, like other members of the ‘Dentate Traps’ group, has small triangular teeth. However, each of these small triangular teeth is further divided into two or three more “subteeth”. This results in the margin of the trap appearing frayed and soft.
Scarlet Bristle Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Scarlet Bristle’
Registered by: Rick Keehn
The Dionaea ‘Scarlet Bristle’ Venus Fly Traps has a nice red coloration that can become a deep burgundy in good lighting. Its coloration, coupled with its red coloration is the distinctive “bristly” marginal spines and trigger hairs, give it its name.
Wacky Traps Venus Fly Trap Dionaea ‘Wacky Traps’
Registered by: Barry Rice
The traps and petioles of Dionaea ‘Wacky Traps’ are much thicker than typical Venus Fly Traps. Also the traps are very slow to close, taking several minutes even with repeated teasing. Sometimes referred to as “Bart Simpson” because of the way it resembles Bart’s hair, ‘Wacky Traps’ is very slow growing and has weird looking flowers.

Cultivar Groups

A cultivar group is collection of cultivars with common traits. Currently, as of May 2008, there is only one Dionaea muscipula cultivar group and that is the Dionaea Dentate Traps Group. This group contains all of the cultivars with marginal spines that are triangular or tooth-like.

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