New Hartland nursery finds niche selling carnivorous 'killer' plants

Killer Plant Co. started as an online business and opened a new brick-and-mortar store late last month in the township's historic village district. The nursery sells plants and growing supplies specific to helping carnivorous plants — which have a reputation of being tricky — survive, thrive, and multiply.

Carnivorous plants trap and digest insects, spiders, and other creatures as part of their diet. They also produce energy from the sun through photosynthesis like other plants. Some carnivorous plants such as pitchers can consume small mammals and reptiles. 

The nursery sells King Henry, red dragon, and Flexx Cultivar Venus flytraps. It also sells pitcher plants, including Nepenthes, purple pitchers, and trumpet pitchers.

"We're trying to change the industry by actually educating people how to grow them," said Joey Stinson, the company's founding president.

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