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Sarracenia purpurea subsp. venosa (Purple Pitcher Plant)

Purple Pitcher Plant


Sarracenia purpurea subsp. venosa (Purple Pitcher Plant) is a carnivorous perennial prized for its short, squat, green pitchers, up to 12 in. long (30 cm), heavily flushed and veined burgundy-purple. Unlike in erect pitcher plants, the lid does not shield the pitcher opening. It is erect and also richly-veined in purple. In spring, rich purple flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), rise atop leafless stalks well above the pitchers. Slightly fragrant, they hang down above the pitchers. Native to the Southeastern United States, Sarracenia purpurea subsp. venosa occurs primarily on the coastal plain from the New Jersey Pine Barrens south to Georgia and west from the Florida panhandle to Louisiana. It is found growing in the peaty soils of savannas and upland swamp margins. Pitcher Plant is very effective at trapping and killing insects. Lured by the attractive leaf color, insects that land on the lids get paralyzed by the nectar. They fall down into a digestive fluid at the bottom of the pitcher where they will decompose and nutrients get absorbed. This plant is best grown in the consistently moist soils of a bog garden or in containers. It is a great addition to the acid water garden.

  • Grows up to 10-18 in. tall (25-45 cm) and 12-24 in. wide (30-60 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade in consistently moist, acid soil. Irrigate with lime-free water and do not fertilize plantings. Shelter from hot sun.
  • Generally disease free. Keep an eye out for scale insects, mealybugs, aphids and tortrix moth.
  • Propagate by division.
  • Native to the Southeastern United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Sarracenia - Pitcher Plants
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 10" – 2' (25cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 24" (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance High
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Southeast, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Sarracenia - Pitcher Plants
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 10" – 2' (25cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 24" (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance High
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Southeast, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens

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