Sarracenia purpurea


Sarracenia purpurea

Ease to Grow: Easy.
Dormancy: Recommended
Native Range: Peat Bogs of Eastern and Northern North America.
Zones: 2-7 (2-8).

The Purple Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea, is low growing with short, stout traps, often showing burgundy color and red veins in full sun. In the winter it frequently turns a gorgeous deep reddish purple color. It tends to clump and form colonies, about 4+ feet across. Traps hold their color through the winter and for nearly 2 years. It is a fragrant, early spring bloomer, growing deep red blossoms on 12 inch scapes that flower well before the new traps develop. Flower stalks and sepals last through the year, resembling green daffodils. It is native, in several varieties, from Florida to Newfoundland. Some of its more colorful common names are: Devil's Boots, Side-Saddle Flower and Hunter's Cup. In colonial homeopathic medicine it was believed to offer relief from small pox.

Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. In it's dormant season, it will be shipped as a dormant rhizome with trimmed off pitchers. Photographs are representative of the species, and not the specific plant shipped. Veining and coloration may vary because these are a seed strain.

Height: 4" - 8".
Plant Type: Perennial, cold temperate.
Soil: Upper Bog Mix or General CP Mix.
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, full sun to partial sun outdoors.
Use: Grows well in the bog garden, greenhouse and indoors. It is excellent for terrariums.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Kate Cary
Healthy plants, excellent customer service

The Sarracenia purpurea and Sarracenia leucophylla I received are both in excellent shape. They have already grown a suprising amount in the week since I potted them. USPS initially had difficulty delivering my order, and Colin did a fantastic job getting everything figured out for me and making sure I was able to get the pitcher plants.

Linda Mojica
Happy to have found this, but...

As the title indicates, I am very pleased to have found this type of plant available for purchase, but I was taken aback by how small it was. I ordered the medium sized plant, and now feel pity for anyone who orders the small version. It is winter, so I knew it would be cut back prior to shipping, but this plant will take a while to reach a size that's attractive. We shall see what the spring holds in store for us. I love that there are nurseries out there that provide these species for the public, though. So thank you for that.

Hi Linda. Thanks for the feedback!

That appearance is typical of temperate plants that ship during Winter, i.e during dormancy. I'm sure you'll be quite pleased with the size of growth it produces come Spring. If not, get in touch and we'll be happy to help =)

Chris Bruinsma
GREAT plant

I set up a tank with peat moss, planted the Pitcher plant. It is now in BLOOM!! I was NOT expecting that.

Nice work, Chris. It looks like the plant appreciates your nice setup!

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