Sarracenia purpurea purpurea

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

The Northern Purple Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea purpurea, is low growing with short, stout traps, often showing burgundy color and red veins in full sun. In the winter this carnivorous sarracenia frequently turns a gorgeous deep reddish purple color. The external pitcher surface is waxy and feels hard to the touch. It tends to clump and form colonies, about 4+ feet across. Traps hold their color through the winter and for nearly 2 years. Purple Pitcher plants are fragrant, early spring bloomers, 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. The Purple Pitcher Plant 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.

Purple Pitcher 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 9 reviews
Chad Littrell
Beautiful, sturdy, mature purpurea!

Packaged with care, this mature purpurea arrived in early November ready for a cold winter. It shipped bare-rooted (as expected). The rhizome is massive and the root system expansive and carefully cleaned. We’re really excited for this beast to take off next year. Thanks again!

Lauren Robertson

These arrived and I was not able to plant them for a couple weeks. Fortunately for me and my pitcher plants, they were preserved very well and seemed perfectly healthy! I finally planted them today according to the directions, and they are already catching mosquitoes! I am very excited to see how they grow up, thank you!


This company is amazing! Their care in packaging, the description on their website, the information included with the plants and the healthy state of the plants they ship is impressive! I’m a gardener and herbalist. I buy from many companies and I can honestly say that this company deserves a lot of praise and appreciation for how they treat their plants and their customers. 5/5

Beautiful plant

I received a beautiful, healthy, little plant! I was a bit concerned when I first saw how it was wrapped but apparently it works well that way, nothing was damaged.


Fast shipping. Plant is stunning! Good size. Came in perfect condition. Can't wait to order other plants!

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