Carnivorous Cobra Lilies Will Actually Eat Pests For You—And You Can Buy Them on Amazon

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Certain pests, like aphids, beetles, and caterpillars, can wreak havoc on your garden by eating and killing almost everything in their path—and sometimes pesticides and other protective measures just aren't enough to protect them. But what if there was a plant that could fight back against these harmful bugs? That's where the carnivorous cobra lily comes in—and their self defense mechanism could also save the rest of the plants in your garden.

Scientifically known as Darlingtonia californica, cobra lilies have also been known to be called Calf's Head, California Pitcher Plant or Cobra Plant. They're a carnivorous plant, just like Venus fly traps, which means that they'll eat and digest their prey—aka living things, like those pesky insects that terrorize your garden.

To capture the pests and make your garden a better place, the cobra lily attracts their prey by giving off a sweet aroma right around their deadly opening. The head of their bulb is covered in translucent specs—called fenestrations—making the bug that crawls inside confused, because it feels like it's still outside. Bugs will then follow the translucent specs into false exits and down into the throat-like tube of the plant, where it will be broken down and ingested.

The plant's twisting tubes can grow over 20 inches, and can also develop a nice red color when in the sun. To plant them, cobra lillies need warm temperatures, full sun, and cold water for their roots. To help them survive, planting them in a container may be best. Moisture is also a super important factor when taking care of your plants—try to use rainwater instead of other water, because the plant it very sensitive to excess minerals and chemicals in tap water.

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