cobra plant

Carnivorous Plant Correspondences

Here is a short correspondence list from my grimoire on common carnivorous houseplants and their magical properties. Please take good care of your carnivorous plant and don’t take pieces from it unless you know what you are doing, killing your plant for a spell is not cool. Instead you can just have it present or in the room to fill it with its energy. 

  • Australian Pitcher Plant: strength, endurance, emotional healing, protection of oneself and the home
  • Bladderwort: protection, growth
  • Butterwort: beauty, illusions, glamours, love, self love
  • California Pitcher Plant (Cobra Lily): secrets, knowledge, cunning, health
  • Cape Sundew: transformation, growth, passion, motivation; binding, curses related to heartbreak
  • Heliamphora (Sun Pitchers): mysticism, beauty, love, grace, patience, knowledge; lies, deceit, general cursing
  • Nepenthes: attracting attention, passion, romance, lust; vengeance, anger
  • Sarracenia: strength, community, family, communication, messages, imagination
  • Venus Flytrap: protection, love

Darlingtonia californica is a carnivorous plant native to Northern California and southern Oregon. They are also know as the ‘cobra plant’ or 'cobra lily’ because of their bulbous green heads, twisted red tongues and long, tubular pitchers. Insects are lured into the trap with nectar and are tricked into thinking escape is possible through the light windows in the hood of the pitcher. Eventually they fall into the tube, where prey is broken down into nutrients for the plant to absorb.


We just got in a huge delivery of carnivorous plant terrariums! So many different plants to choose from. Sundews, Venus flytraps, pings, cobra lily’s and pitcher plants!

Darlingtonia californica, commonly called the “Cobra Lilly”. This amazing pitcher plant is a Californian and Oregonian native, having been discovered by Mt. Shasta, CA., and it is the only member of its family to grow naturally on the West Coast. Truly, this plant is nothing short of amazing. It’s “fanged” pitchers can grow quite large—3 to 4 feet—and the species is full of all sorts of botanical mysteries that make plant geeks such as myself giddy with delight. It’s natural pollinator has remained un-found for 100s of years, it may or may not produce its own digestive enzymes, and each Darlingtonia pitcher harbors a terrifying variety of microscopic predators that assist the plant in breaking down prey into more easily absorbed matter. What is not to love?