Many people are often surprised that some carnivorous plants can tolerate temperatures as low as -30°F in the wild. Well, there are certain several species that can tolerate really, really, really cold winters,
and the northern purple pitcher is one such plant. It is native
throughout Great Lakes region and Canada. Newfoundland has even made
this adorable plant its provincial flower.
Like its southern sister S. purpurea ssp. venosa,
the northern purple pitcher bears short, stout, red pitchers that open
towards the sky. The main difference is that the pitchers are entirely smooth, with shades of bright yellow and green in the upper hood. The texture of the leaves is notably tougher than the less arctic species of the South. The northern purple pitcher will also retain its gorgeous pitchers throughout winter. It's truly one of the toughest plants in the nursery.
In cultivation, this plant grows a bit slowly. It’s usually one of the last
plants to break dormancy, but you can look forward to dark red flowers
in mid to late spring.
Plants You Receive
Plants are shipped in 4-inch pots with proper growing media and are approximately at flowering maturity.
All cold hardy plants are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon and experience the changes of the seasons. Care instructions are provided.
Please watch the monthly video
for examples of how your plant may look at this time of the year and important growing tips for the season.
Type of Plant
Cold hardy perennial for outdoor growing.
Upper Midwest, Central and Eastern Canada, New England region.
Size of Adult Plants
6 inches tall.
Full sun, 6 or more hours of direct sunlight.
Use mineral-free water or water low in minerals (less than 50 parts per million). Keep the soil wet by setting the plant in a dish of standing water.
Use 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite (or washed river sand). Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost.
April - October. Pitchers will brown at the onset of winter dormancy.
Hardy of winter frost. Mulch in USDA zones 7 and colder.