In early 2006 taking a venus fly trap from the wild in NC became a felony, with 2 years and $2000 fine for each plant. North American Ginseng is also illegal to take. I am inclined to believe its ok to take a leaf pull or some seeds but I wouldn't take the plant. Someone said it wouldn't stay alive anyway. That has been my experience as well, trying to take dogwood trees from the woods. They are wild and need to stay there.
I think Hollyhock said propogating the fly trap is the best way to save the plant for the future. We are destroying the fly traps natural environment and even if we tossed out seeds, they wouldn't survive with all the fertilizers in the water today. although, in the wild, It is inspiring to see local populations colonized an area if they are left alone.
Sadly, even Rehder gardens gets poached. I have taken a lot of pictures there and you know when nice fly traps have been taken.
I noticed the last time that a bunch of huge vfts were taken.
But that said, Riviera said it, there is so much development around rehder gardens that runoff is killing off a large section, especially yellow pitcher plants.
vfts are native to NC and SC because of all the pocosins we have. I'm not sure if they are left over from prehistoric times, but they are very unique environments that vfts and other cps live in. there is no nutrients in the soil or water. and with development, we are destroying the pocosin areas that are not protected.
As for NC vfts, Matt has a Carolina Red Traps and also this Spring Leah said Matt would have the Rehder Giant ready to sell. if you want some NC fly traps, go for those. There are other fly traps out there but idk about buying them. I have seen some Carolina Beach State Park, Green Swamp and Orton Plantation out there.
I think making a Zen Bog in your yard would be awesome. also it would be cool if you could get a cp club or local cp community garden going.
I live close to Wilmington NC. I'm 5 minutes from Holly Shelter Game Preserves where guys were caught in 2005 poaching 1000 fly traps. and umm you know somethings not right when you go in a Beach Tourist Shop that "gives" you a vft with purchase.
I think restocking the land with fly traps is an awesome idea but not realistic. I live in NC also and I am very disturbed by the accelerated development here. They are draining wetlands, bringing in mountains of fill dirt, bulldozing everything flat and concrete on top. I just rescued 3 types of NC sundews from my favorite bog that was being destroyed by the a new Publix grocery store. I felt I was in a moral dilemna, but I saved those sundews and soon they will be available as seed in the ftc seed bank.