Button poses by a vibrant hibiscus, her favorite flower.
As we’re studying botany this year, a visit to our local university’s greenhouse was appropriate.
I called the botany department ahead of time and learned that the greenhouse is open to the public.
Visitors are welcome from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays.
I phoned the greenhouse director to inquire if there were any carnivorous plants in their collection. [My children had particularly enjoyed that portion of our botany book.] He responded that a pitcher plant was located in the greenhouse aquatics room. Upon arrival we looked and looked for a pitcher-plant-like specimen.
Circuit said that he thought this plant was the pitcher plant. None of the pitcher plants I had viewed (in photographs) had been suspended, so I didn’t think he was correct.
As we continued to wander through the greenhouse, a friendly student appeared and offered assistance. She led us to the exact plant Circuit indicated earlier! He was right! The student said that their pitcher plant was not living well on tap water, and that it really should be supplied with distilled water instead. Sadly, all of the vase-like tubes were shriveled.
Our greenhouse visit was warm and pleasant on a cold, windy day. A place we plan to return.
For local people who wish to visit the greenhouse, you must first stop by the university police department for a free visitor’s parking pass. You should also know that the greenhouse is closed during spring break, etc.