Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)

Pitcher-plant is a carnivorous herbaceous plant with leaves which form long, narrow water-filled traps.

Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)

These pitchers have downward-pointing hairs that force insects down into the water where they drown and are digested by the plant.

Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)

The leaves are 10 – 20 cm long.

Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)
Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)

Pitcher-plant grows in bogs, fens, coniferous swamps and sandy calcareous shoreline meadows.

Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)

The flower petals are a rich maroon.

Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)

They are nodding and about 5 – 7 cm across.

Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)

The plant can grow to 50 cm in height.

Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)

Pitcher-plant is the floral emblem of Newfoundland.

Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)

Pitcher-plant flowers in late spring and summer.

Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)

Miles Hearn

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