Monday, May 23, 2016
We take trips every May to the Oregon coast to tidepool during some of the lowest tides of the year, and since our favorite spot is nearby we always visit Darlingtonia State Natural Site. This pint-sized nature park has a bog populated with carnivorous cobra lilies, a kind of pitcher plant. In May they are in bloom, trying to attract some of the same insects they feed on as pollinators. Their flowers have tall stalks to help keep their would-be pollinators temporarily away from their traps. Last year the cobra lilies looked a bit dried and brown, but this year they looked lush, green and thriving. They are really fascinating plants, and Oregon's only native pitcher plant.