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Sarracenia purpurea venosa
Sarracenia purpurea venosa

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Item Number:: 11502

General Description
The purple pitcher plant is a truly classic personality in the collectible array of carnivores. It's easy to see why. The cartoonish, short, tubby rain-collectors look more like the hooded figures of garden gnomes than any kind of plant. Along with a Venus flytrap, they are often one of the collector's first acquisitions.

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, insect larvae, and other organisms within the pitchers. Water within the apparently 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 4-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.

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.

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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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Love this supplier November 25, 2018
Reviewer: brent barmore from dewittville, NY United States  
Great product, product arrrived unscathed, and fast..

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October 14, 2018
Reviewer: Christine Ryan from Oneonta, NY United States  

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Great Product and service November 1, 2017
Reviewer: Steve Chepp from Milwaukee, WI United States  
At first, I was skeptical about purchasing a plant, let alone a carnivorous plant, online, due to the massive amount of things that could go wrong with shipping, etc... However, these were packed perfectly, with ample room and protection. I was also worried about ensuring that they survived after receipt, however, they sent an abundance of information on care and handling to ensure survival and made it clear that if ANYTHING, to contact them via phone immediately to get assistance from their specialists. This is one of those situations in which you get what you pay for. Yes, you could go to a local shop and get a plant that is not near maturation and was probably mishandled prior to purchase, or you could spend a little extra and use these guys to ensure you are getting a mature, quality and healthy plant that has been taken care of properly, and have access to the assistance post-purchase. I will be making ALL my carnivorous plant purchases from Sarracenia Northwest from now on.

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Sarracenia purpurea venosa October 8, 2017
Reviewer: Aileen Aurich from Los Angeles, CA United States  
Really nice plant. Already going into hibernation. Can't wait to see it grow in spring.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Awesome Plant October 8, 2017
Reviewer: Nila Nash-Jackson from Corpus Christi, TX United States  
Absolutely beautiful and awesome plant.  Love the vibrant color of the plant.  Arrived very healthy.

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