An octopus plant is a carnivorous plant that uses its glue-tipped tentacles to trap small bugs, such as gnats and flies. Also known as sundews, these plants belong to the Drosera genus. Octopus plants are native to the United States, but there are more than 120 species worldwide.
As houseplants, sundews are easy to care for and prefer a sunny location potted in peat moss. In the wild, sundews live in various habitats, including rainforests and deserts. They prefer warm climates and have limited ability to survive areas with frost. Several states list octopus plants as threatened or endangered species due to a loss of habitat created by land development and peat moss harvesting. The plants are protected in national parks and wildlife preserves.