Sarracenia purpurea is a carnivorous plant with modified leaves, shaped like a pitcher or trumpet, that attract, trap, and digest organisms for nutrients. Sarracenia purpurea has the greatest range of pitcher plants in North America and is found from Virginia to Newfoundland and out west to the Great Lakes region. The wide squat pitchers thrive in boggy soils. The distinctive lid is reflexed and covered in downward facing hairs. Insects often slip off the bristles and fall down into the fluid at the base of the pitcher. Sarracenia purpurea produces minimal digestive enzymes and relies on a community of bacteria and microorganisms living in the pitcher fluid to break down prey.
Common Name | Purple Pitcher Plant
Family Name | Sarraceniaceae
Native to | Eastern United States and Canada