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Return Of The Killer Plants

Back by popular demand, Christchurch's Festival of Flowers has reprised its captivating carnivorous plants display.

The interactive exhibition Bitten Again! Return of the Killer Plants runs from 19 February to 14 March in Cuningham House.

While most carnivorous plants feast on flies and other small insects, some devour whole cockroaches. Others, when fully grown, have been known to eat small monkeys, rats and birds.

Botanic Gardens curator Dr John Clemens says the exhibition captivates the imagination of people of all ages. Special lighting is used to illuminate the plants, and people will be able to listen to entertaining commentary.

"When this display was exhibited three years ago it was extremely popular and gave extra bite to the Festival of Flowers. It is very interactive and shows off this collection in a unique way," he says. "The Botanic Gardens are pleased to offer this display again, with some exciting new carnivores to present."

The new plants are a carnivorous bromeliad from Venezuela and two pitcher plants - the Albany from South Australia and the Huntsman's Cap from North America.

Bitten Again! is one of two events that will be based at the Botanic Gardens during this year's Festival of Flowers. Also featured is the new Eyes Spy exhibit of sculptured native insects and birds created by Mark Dymock, hidden in the Natives Areas of the Botanic Gardens and complemented by story reading each morning. Admission to both events is free.

Every year the festival attracts thousands of residents, national visitors and overseas tourists to relish the spectacular array of events, including the internationally acclaimed Christ Church Cathedral Floral Carpet and Jenny Gillies' Secret Garden of wearable flowers and fruit.

The annual Festival of Flowers is organised by the Christchurch Garden City Trust with sponsorship from the Christchurch City Council. A full list of events can be found at www.festivalofflowers.co.nz or www.bethere.co.nz.

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