An absolutely terrifying plant that has spikes that trap sheep before eating them has bloomed in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden Wisley. The plant, Puya chilensis, is native to Chile, Examiner.com reported.
This monstrous plant has grown to be 10 feet tall over the past 15 years, but only just blossomed. Scientists have kept it on a steady diet of liquid fertilizer so it won’t snare hapless passersby to eat.
The plant hunts by snaring animals with its sharp spikes and holding them captive until they starve to death. The plant then gleefully feasts on the decomposing body for fertilizer.
There is no official statement about why scientists have decided to study this plant as opposed to killing it, and others of its species, with fire.