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North Carolina DMV to offer new license plates featuring Venus flytrap image

North Carolina DMV to offer new license plates featuring Venus flytrap image

North Carolina DMV to offer new license plates featuring Venus flytrap image

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — One of North Carolina’s most famous native plants will now be celebrated through a special new license plate.

The Division of Motor Vehicles will be able to choose a new license plate bearing the motto “Home of the Venus Flytrap” after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a transportation bill Wednesday that included approval of the new plate. The new option had bipartisan support, as it was sponsored by state Reps. Allen Buansi (D-District 56) and Frank Iler (R-District 17).


The new “Home of the Venus Flytrap” license plate will be available at the North Carolina DMV. (North Carolina Botanical Garden)

Iler County encompasses part of Brunswick County, which is part of the natural home of this famous carnivorous plant. According to the North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Venus flytrap is native only to a 90-mile area around Wilmington on the state’s southeastern coast.

The North Carolina DMV received nearly 800 pre-orders for the specialty plate before the bill was passed, the North Carolina Botanical Garden said. It will take the agency a few months to prepare the plate for mass production, complete the pre-orders and make it available to the general public through DMV offices.

Durham-based artist Preston Montague designed the plate. The special plate costs $30, and for each Venus flytrap plate renewed each year, the North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation will receive $20, while the North Carolina DMV will keep $10.

According to the North Carolina Botanical Garden, the foundation “will use the funds to help conserve native plants and restore healthy landscapes throughout North Carolina” by supporting conservation organizations.