The species native habitat is the area around Wilmington, North Carolina, where it grows in peat filled sink holes. Geologists propose these depressions were formed by water hollowing out underground areas until they eventually collapsed in.
Dionaea Muscipula and other naturally occurring culivar of the Venus Flytrap were once in abundance, however the species is now threatened, due primarily to habitat destruction.
The loss of habitat is increasing at an alarming rate, due to a rapidly growing population and the drainage of wetland for lumber, agriculture and residential development. This is why field collection is not only illegal, but also ethically frowned upon as any wild Venus Flytraps should be left well alone to attempt to conserve the species.