Sarracenia purpurea purpurea


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: Lower Bog Mix or All-Purpose 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 if provided winter dormancy.

Customer Reviews

Based on 21 reviews
Jay Doyle
Beautiful specimen

Great plants, excellent customer service..🥰💯

Alex O.
Packed up super dope

What arrived was beautiful and packed up real shiny the tracking made it easy to rescue from the mailing process and shock if i were to do it again i might have order some substrate to go wif it i panic shopped when it got here to keep it happy rn i gotit in a south facing window in a 4inch pot to start seems happy enough

george bardel
Sarracenia purpurea purpurea

It was well packed for the trip and arrived in good condition. It was a bit smaller than I expected but it was listed as a small plant. I am still awaiting signs of new growth. I am happy with it but will be happier when I see some new growth. Until then I will worry about its survival.

Julia Feltes
Looks excellent

The medium sizes are way more exciting than the small sizes. Lol. This one has ome nice sized pitcher with a few other smaller ones at its side. Cant wait to see it grow if you have the budget i for sure recommend starting with the larger sizes!


Happy and healthy! Very high quality packaging.

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