About Us

South West Carnivorous Plants was started by Alistair and Jenny Pearce, both trained in horticulture, over 35 years ago.

Over the years we have won many awards for our carnivorous plant displays including seven Chelsea Gold Medals, Best in Show at Malvern Spring Flower Show and Most innovative Display award at Hampton Court Flower Show.

We have supplied plants for gardens around the country such as RHS Garden at Wisley, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Cambridge Botanic Gardens and Down House, the home of Charles Darwin as well as many Universities and schools for teaching purposes.

We no longer exhibit at shows and are now an on-line only retailer, however you are welcome to visit the nursery  by appointment only please. Please contact for directions.


The Nursery

The nursery is situated on the Devon/Somerset border on the edge of the Blackdown Hills. We have a small, one acre site bordered by the River Culm,  just growing carnivorous plants which thrive on the many insects that feed and pollinate them - the surrounding farmland provides a constant supply!

The nursery is in a frost pocket in a very cold valley so our plants come into growth fairly late in the season. Mid to late May is the best time for Sarracenia flowers and June to September is the peak time for traps. Venus Flytraps, Sundews etc look good from April to September. We only grow plants that need no extra heat over winter, just the protection of some fleece in the coldest periods.

We propagate all of our own plants  - particularly Venus Flytraps and Pitcher Plants. Some plants will not be available until late spring after  the propagating season.