Sarracenia purpurea is native to the Florida Panhadle through North Carolina. It has ground-hugging rain-catchers, sporting conspicuous purple-red leaves with wide, heavily patterned hoods. It 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.
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 shipped in 4-inch pots with proper growing media. All cold hardy plants are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon and experience seasonal changes - heat in summer, snow and ice in winter. Care instructions are provided.
April-May: Emerging from dormancy. Some pitchers from the previous season may be present.
June-September: Plants are in active growth. Best growth occurs in late summer.
October-December: Plants are dormant and wil have fewer pitchers.
January-March: Plants are still dormant. Pitchers from the previous season will be cut off.
- Grow outdoors as a container plant
- Full sun throughtout the day
- Use low-mineral water (50 ppm or less)
- Set pot in standing water to keep moist
- Use equal parts peat moss and perlite. No garden soil or compost.
- Dormant in winter. Mulch in USDA zones 7 or colder.