Sheep-Eating Plant To Bloom In Britain

    June 21, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Sheep-eating plant? You read that right. A rare Chilean plant that ensnares sheep with its spiny thistles, ensuring they get caught, starve to death, and provide the plant with rich fertilizer, is about to bloom in Britain 15 years after it was planted in a greenhouse.

The plant–which can grow up to ten feet tall–is one of very few of its kind to actually flower in Britain, and scientists are excited to have the chance to study this one. Researchers say it will only stay in bloom for about a week.

“We keep it well fed with liquid fertilizer as feeding it on its natural diet might prove a bit problematic,” horticulturalist Cara Smith said. “It’s growing in the arid section of our glasshouse with its deadly spines well out of reach of both children and sheep alike.”

The deadly plant has a spine as sharp as a razor and has also been known to trap other animals to use for food.

A different dangerous plant was in the news today, as well: the giant hogweed, which grows mostly in Indiana and can cause blindness and skin irritation when touched. The flower can grow up to 14 feet tall.

  • Honest John

    2 sheep eating plants named Joe and Wally were hanging around talking.
    Joes asks Wally ” hey are you hungry? Wally says Nahahahahaha!

  • k

    oh great the scientist are excited. Geez, there is no such thing as Global Warming and no invasive plants really do no harm. I am a white man, and I think our color skin is ruining the world. Just can’t leave things alone

  • john doe

    sure your white ‘k”

  • Chuck Finley

    Scary stuff. This is the type of stuff that gets out of hand and then we are sorry.

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    Wow, that is such an interesting plant. Mother nature is so interesting! That is crazy stuff! Like a giant venus fly trap!