Adrian Slack

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Adrian Slack is an author and authority on carnivorous plants. He is the author of two books: Carnivorous Plants (1979, 2005) and Insect-Eating Plants and How to Grow Them (1986, 2006).[1]

Both of Adrian Slack's books are considered to have excellent cultivation information and are highly regarded in the carnivorous plant community. After a long time out of print, both of them have recently been reissued. Slack has developed hundreds of cultivars and many have been named after him.[2] The sundew species Drosera slackii was named in his honour.[3][4]

Slack was featured on a 1981 episode of Nature Watch[5] and in an accompanying book published the same year.[6]


  1. ^ D'Amato, P. 1988. "Book review: Insect-Eating Plants and How to Grow Them." (PDF).  Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 17(4): 125–126.
  2. ^ Meyers-Rice, B. & J. Schlauer 2000. Cultivars developed by Adrian Slack. Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 29(4): 104–105.
  3. ^ Cheek, M. 1987. A new species of Drosera from South Africa. Kew Bulletin 42(3): 738.
  4. ^ Gibson, R. 2000. Drosera slackii – a living jewel from South Africa. Carnivorous Plant Newsletter 29(4): 107–109.
  5. ^ Nature Watch: Adrian Slack. BFI Film & TV Database.
  6. ^ Pettifer, J. & R. Brown 1981. Adrian Slack: Playing God with the Plants of Prey. In: Nature Watch. Michael Joseph, London. pp. 59–73. ISBN 0718119940.