Tampa author Kenny Coogan talks about his recently released book “Florida’s Carnivorous Plants” and business “Critter Companions.”
Florida has more carnivorous plants than any other state. These plants use appealing scents, leaves, and sticky fluids to trap and imprison insects.
WUSF’s Daylina Miller spoke with Tampa author Kenny Coogan about his recently released book “Florida’s Carnivorous Plants” and business, “Critter Companions.”
He delves into the types of bug-eating plants that grow in the Sunshine State and how to care for them at home.
Kenny Coogan: “My latest book is called Florida’s Carnivorous Plants: Understanding, Identifying and Cultivating the State’s Species.” I’ve been growing carnivorous plants for about 17 or 18 years now. And I wanted to write a book on carnivorous plants.
I reached out to a bunch of different publishers, and lots of them turned me down. But then one publisher came back and said, ‘Well, why don’t we do a book on just Florida’s carnivorous plants, because they like to do like state-identifying books.’ And then, we soon learned that Florida has the most carnivorous plants out of all of the states by a lot. And I said I would be happy to write it.”
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