Sarracenia purpurea heterophylla
Sarracenia purpurea f. heterodoxa
Ease to Grow: Easy.
Native Range: Peat Bogs of Eastern and Northern North America.
Zones: 2-7 (2-8).
The rare albino Northern Purple Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea purpurea f. heterodoxa, is completely lacking anthocyanin, displaying no red coloration in either traps or flowers.
The external pitcher surface is waxy and feels hard to the touch. It tends to clump and form colonies, about 4+ feet across. It is a fragrant, early spring bloomer, growing green yellow 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 prefers mild summers and cold winters. It is native, in several varieties, from Maryland to Newfoundland, and is hardy to zone 2. It is the only native Sarracenia north of Maryland. 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. It is well-suited for terrariums and the backyard bog garden north into Canada.
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.
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.