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Sarracenia purpurea venosa
Sarracenia purpurea venosa


 
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General Description
 
The purple pitcher plant is a true classic in any carnivorous plant collection. It's easy to see why. The cartoonish, short, tubby rain-collectors look more like hooded garden gnomes than any plant. Along with a Venus flytrap and Cape sundew, they are often one of the collector's first plants.

Unlike other North American pitcher plants, the purple pitcher and most of its varieties are ground-hugging rain-catchers, sporting conspicuous purple-red leaves with wide, heavily patterned hoods. They can also attain impressive size over time, growing broader and denser as other species grow taller, and deeper coloration as others grow brighter. Venation patterns in their hoods against a green complexion are an attractive bonus to their deep coloration. They are very cold-hardy, and keep most of their leaves through winter.

The species traps terrestrial prey like earwigs and spiders more often than flies and wasps. There is significant scientific interest in their place in wild ecology, particularly concerning their accommodations and mutual relationships with frogs, salamanders, insect larvae, and other organisms within the pitchers. Water within the pitchers is a habitat for much microscopic life, the castings of which break down and are absorbed by the plant.


Plants You Receive
Plants are 2-3 years old and will reach flowering maturity within 2 additional seasons. All plants are shipped in 3-inch pots with proper growing media.

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.

Natural Habitat
Florida panhandle through North Carolina

Size of Adult Plants
6 inches tall.

Sunlight
Full sun, 6 or more hours of direct sunlight.

Water
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.

Soil
Use 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite (or washed river sand). Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost.

Growing Season
April - October. Pitchers will brown at the onset of winter dormancy.

Winter Care
Hardy of winter frost. Mulch in USDA zones 7 and colder.

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Beautiful Plant August 18, 2019
Reviewer: Judy Phillips from Sedro Woolley, WA United States  
Was very pleased with this beautiful little plant!!  Arrived in perfect condition.

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3 plants: S. purpurea venosa August 12, 2019
Reviewer: Ed Greenwood from Arcata, CA United States  
The plants were packaged so well the plants hardly knew they spent 4 days in shipping. I planted them the day they arrived and they are all doing extremely well. Thank you for taking such care with your plants. I also love your instructional videos on carnivorous plant care through the seasons.

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August 11, 2019
Reviewer: Tim Riley from Carbondale, IL United States  


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Cute purple pitchers! August 11, 2019
Reviewer: Sue Wallace from Tucson, AZ United States  
VERY happy with my plant. It lives in a teacup til I can finish a pond sort of area on my back screen porch. Love to see the little black flies floating in the leaves. Well fed!

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July 1, 2019
Reviewer: Timothy Bush from Olive Hill, KY United States  


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