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Pitcher Plant (Northern)

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Sarracenia purpurea
Pitcher Plant (Northern)


They are found in sphagnum bogs.


It has a nodding, purplish-red flower on a tall stalk. The leaves are long, hollow “pitchers” that are green with purple veins. It is an insect-eating (insectivorous) plant. Its leaves have downward-pointing hairs inside that let insects walk down, but don’t let them walk back out. They fill with water to drown the trapped insects. They bloom June through July.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

  • Flower Type: Flower Regular and nodding with petals arranged in 5s clapping inward and at the end of a long stem

  • Flower Color: Dark Red

  • Leaf Arrangement: Leaves around the base only

  • Plant Type: Wildflower (tall 1-2 feet)
  • Leaf Type: Cup-shaped and hollow with red veins
Pitcher Plant (Northern)

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