Darlingtonia State Natural Site, Florence

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Darlingtonia State Natural Site is a state park and botanical preserve located five miles 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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  • Darlingtonia is a great spot to take a picture of the plants. They are seasonal so they are not there all year, I think it is early summer that you can see them? The location is a short drive off of 1...  more »
  • This is an amazing Botanical Garden. I had never seen such plants like that and they were beautiful! This is the highlight of the Darlingtonia Californica. An unusual plant. It traps insects and spide...  more »
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  • Really fun quick stop! The plants are unique, I’m not sure where else you can see them. It is small; you can be satisfied with your visit after ten minutes, but it’s ten minutes worth taking!
  • This tricky spot to find is well worth the hunt. Located just off of 101 it is a little bit tricky to locate the spot but after that you will have no problems. Don't plan on a long visit, count on taking between 10 and 30 minutes here depending on how many pictures, information, or time you want. The walk itself is really peaceful and super easy to do. It's all on a raised boardwalk around the Cobra lilies so there is no chance of getting your feet wet. If you have a few minutes to spend on a unique spot this your place.

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