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Pitcher Plant

( Sarracenia purpurea )

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Pitcher Plant
Sarraceniaceae
Sarracenia
Sarracenia purpurea
Linnaeus
Characteristics

Wildflower

Evergreen

Sun

Acidophile

Moist, Wet

No

No

No

No
Habitat Considerations

Boreal Shield, Atlantic Maritime, Prairies

Bog/Fen

Pond Edge/Wetland Garden
Design Considerations

20 cm

60 cm

May - Aug

Red|Purple

Yes

No


One species of mosquito (Wyeomyia smithii) and one species of midge (Metriocnemus knabi)

Yes






Other Showy Insects

No
Conservation Status



Interesting Tidbits

NF

This is an insectivorous plant. The pitcher-like leaves hold water into which insects fall. The insects are eventually digested by enzymes released by the plant. (Clough)

Wyeomyia smithii and Metriocnemus knabi are obligate inhabitants of the pitcher plants leaves. (Istock 1975)


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