How did the Venus flytrap get its name?

How did the Venus flytrap get its name?

I’ve always been told that the Venus flytrap got it’s name due to the shear white beauty of it’s flowers, just like the goddess/planet Venus. The flytrap part is obviously from it’s twisted fly eating ways.

However

Barry Rice has an interesting article on the real reason for the name Venus flytrap.

Barry claims that the name is due to the “dirty minds of the kooky naturalists and nurserymen” and that “they saw in its amazing behavior and attractive form” … “something that reminded them of female genitalia of their own species.”

Jeepers, that’s a heck of a statement. But Barry can backup his claims …

Visit his website to learn more about where the name “Venus Flytrap” came from … Barry’s website.