Darlingtonia State Natural Site, Florence

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Darlingtonia State Natural Site (18 acres) is a state park and botanical preserve located five miles (8.0 km) north of Florence, Oregon, United States on U.S. Route 101, just west of Mercer Lake and south of Sutton Lake that is dedicated to the preservation of a rare plant.

Darlingtonia californica is a carnivorous plant, commonly known as the cobra lily, which traps insects in its hollow tubular leaves, whose top is flared into a hollow dome with a forked "tongue" that gives the species its common name. In late spring, they bear purple and yellow flowers that rise above the green cobra-like leaves. Darlingtonia are found only in wet meadows and bogs with acidic soils low in nitrogen. The rare, strangely shaped plant is the only member of the pitcher plant family Sarraceniaceae in Oregon.
The park has a short loop trail through a peat bog area overlooking patches of Darlingtonia. It is the only Oregon state park dedicated to the protection of a single plant species.
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  • Don’t miss this excellent natural experience! The site is right off the 101 highway and well worth the short stop The plants are native to bog areas with blooming in may~June. Thie carnivorous... 
    Don’t miss this excellent natural experience! The site is right off the 101 highway and well worth the short stop The plants are native to bog areas with blooming in may~June. Thie carnivorous...  more »
  • This is just a tiny park with a wooden walkway that goes in a short circle through a patch of carnivorous pitcher plants. Only one like it i have ever seen. There is a small parking lot and a... 
    This is just a tiny park with a wooden walkway that goes in a short circle through a patch of carnivorous pitcher plants. Only one like it i have ever seen. There is a small parking lot and a...  more »
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  • I'd give it an A for awesome a B for beautiful and a C for CUTE. Gorgeous carnivorous plants in a bog, a secluded setting with a wooden walkway and informational panels. You can hear traffic from the highway, but as a tourist the ocean air distracts and calms. This is a nice place to stop and learn about the varied flora our state can support. Go in the spring or summer to see their flowers in bloom.
  • I always love going here. This is a really cool and seemingly not well-known stopping area, mainly there for the preservation of the insect eating plants located here. There are two little restrooms and a very short flat trail takes about 2 minutes to get to a boardwalk area overlooking the insect eating plants. It goes through a very nice mossy forest. Parking for about 10 cars. A couple of picnic tables under the pleasant big trees right next to the parking. If this information was helpful, I'd appreciate a quick like or follow. Thank you!

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