Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Purple Pitcher Plant

The Purple Pitcher Plants are fascinating carnivorous plants that are found in bogs.  The Purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) is also known as the northern pitcher plant.  Pitcher plants have hollow leaves that hold water and function as insect deathtraps.
Sarracenia purpurea, The Purple Pitcher Plant 
 This time of the year (early June) the pitcher plants are blooming.  The bog scenery is absolutely spectacular with the pitcher plant's bell-shaped flowers hanging on those tall stems all over the bog.

Carnivorous Pitcher Plants Blooming Throughout A Bog
  Not only are the pitcher plants flowers spectacular, but they are also very intriguing because they have a unique pollination mechanism . The pitcher plants are one of my favorite bog plants, so I'll soon post some more about the flowers.

Purple Pitcher Plants
The pitchers are lurking there in the bog, and with their carnivorous appetite for insects, they deserve a blog post of their own as well.

In the mean time, feel free to visit my web page on the Purple Pitcher Plant.
Also see my posts on...
Purple Pitcher Plant Pitchers
 The Purple Pitcher Plant's Flower


  1. Dana, the plants in your area are probably a week or two ahead of us here in Nova Scotia. It's nice because I'm not learning about things after the fact. We have pitcher plants in our area and I have long admired them. Followed your link to the more in depth posting and found it most informative and readable. I like your chatty, easy style of explaining things and of course, the marvellous photos. Best wishes, Sybil
    Eastern Passage, NS

  2. Seeing the pics brings bag a flood of slurpy memories. Dana, that Sunday afternoon bog visit was a highlight of my trip. I loved it. You will be on my call list when I come back to see Vinc's. Keep up the great work.

  3. Sybil,
    Thanks for the kind words.
    The pitcher plant flowers are loosing their petals fast. If you are a week or so behind up there, the flowers may be at their peak .

  4. Arlyn,
    Glad you guys were along! The sinister slurping the bog makes is a lot worse if you are by yourself.
    I'm always ready for an excursion.... there are caves...rivers...other bogs...