THE CUT

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MOMENTS IN POT CULTURE: THE VENUS FLYTRAP

20th July 2018

Words by Jessica Peace

Victorian superhuman Charles (The Daddy) Darwin, regarded the venus fly trap as, ‘one of the most wonderful [plants] in the world’.


Joris-Karl Huysmans’ freaky literary masterpiece, Against Nature (1884) is not shy of a few flesh eating plants. During the protagonist Des Esseintes’ dream,  a venus flytrap replaces a ladies, well ‘lady garden’ - worth a flick through.


‘FEED ME SEYMORE’, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s 1982 musical based on a low budget 60’s film gave life to ‘Audrey II’ - a MASSIVE venus flytrap who eats all the employees of a downtown florist; all to a soundtrack of ‘Doo-wap-be-doos’ - it’s why some of turned to floristry.