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Sarracenia purpurea venosa
Sarracenia purpurea venosa

Price: $16.95
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Stock Status: In Stock
Item Number:: 11502

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 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.

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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5 of 5 Awesome June 4, 2020
Reviewer: Russell Luna from Portland , OR United States  
This was my first purchase from this nursery and I was not disappointed! The purpurea are doing great and have such beautiful color right now, I’m excited to visit the nursery when they re open

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5 of 5 First Buy, Couldn't Be Better in Virginia June 3, 2020
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Henrico, VA United States  
Specimens packaged perfectly, arrived early and healthy. All are doing well in our garden.

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5 of 5 They had me in the first half June 1, 2020
Reviewer: Hannah from Columbus, GA United States  
When my pitcher plant arrived I had failed to read the fine print that they cut back the old growth right after winter so I thought I had been sent a dead plant. But after reading the info provided and taking care of it for a while I now have a few beautiful pitchers! Love it! Will be ordering again in the future!

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5 of 5 A beauty! May 31, 2020
Reviewer: Michael Kronk from Union Bridge, MD United States  
Received my Sarracenia purpurea venosa in perfect condition a few weeks ago. It was strong and healthy, and is doing even better now. One brand new pitcher is almost fully grown, and another new One is starting to push out. Many thanks to you fine people!

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5 of 5 A lovely plant May 29, 2020
Reviewer: Kerry S. from Black River Falls, WI United States  
This plant is a very beautiful deep burgundy, it came in wonderful condition and has lots of new growth on it.

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