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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 6-12 inches (15-30 cm)
Plant Spread: 6-9 inches (15-22 cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: carnivorous plant. Digestive enzymes produced inside the tubular leaves.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bi-Color: Magenta and green
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Terrariums
Bog gardening
Propagation: Seeds: Scarify seeds
Other info: Allow pods to dry on plant. Self-seeds in containers.
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Miscellaneous: Carnivorous
Endangered: USDA lists as endangered in Illinois and Georgia, Threatened in Florida, Maryland, and Michigan
Awards and Recognitions: Other: Provincial Flower of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada


Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 25, 2014 3:55 PM

The pitcher plant is a carnivorous plant. It lures an insect down inside its tubular leaves, which may be mistaken for blooms. Once the insect is inside, the downward pointing hairs prevent it from escaping. It falls into the liquid in the base of the tube, where the nutrients are absorbed by the plant.

This bog plant is now endangered in Illinois and found only in the NE parts of the state. Please do not contribute to its decline by collecting wild specimens!

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 24, 2016 7:43 AM

The Provincial flower of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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I have one of them! by NEILMUIR1 Nov 17, 2014 9:48 PM 1
Mini bog/Open Terrarium Bog tips? by MotherMycelium Feb 8, 2021 2:18 AM 4
Help with brown leaves by Eagrant Jul 9, 2020 8:11 AM 2
Growing Carnivores from Seeds by Macrocentra Jun 22, 2020 5:21 PM 14
Is this a sarracenias and if so which? by Southamerica Jan 25, 2020 2:26 PM 2
Show off your Carnivores!!! by Jayce_KalFUNski13 Jul 9, 2020 8:16 AM 25
Won at auction! my first Sarracenia purpurea by Turbosaurus Aug 4, 2019 2:56 PM 3
Sarracenia purpurea ? by Golgatha Jul 25, 2019 2:20 PM 2
My 1st two carnivores.... by klc Jun 29, 2017 12:45 AM 6
pitcher plant carnivorous by amir9696 Jun 13, 2017 12:47 AM 13
what plant species is by amir9696 Jun 13, 2017 1:03 AM 4

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