Sarracenia purpurea venosa

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Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: Suggested
Native Range: Peat Bogs of Southeastern North America
Zones: 7-9 (6-10)

The Southern Purple Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea venosa, is low growing with short, stout traps. The traps are similar to the northern variety, but more bulbous and orange with more pronounced ruffling on the margins of the hood. The external pitcher surface is covered by small dense hairs, and feels soft and flexible to the touch. It tends to clump and form colonies, about 2 feet across. In the winter it frequently turns a rufous red. Traps hold their color through the winter and for nearly 2 years. It is a fragrant, early Spring bloomer, growing light and bright red blossoms on a 10 inch scape, that flower before the new pitchers. Flower stalks and sepals last through the year, resembling green daffodils. It prefers warm summers and mild winters. It is native from Alabama to Virginia and is the only native Sarracenia purpurea south of Virginia. It is well-suited for terrariums and backyard bog gardens, even in the North with winter protection.

Southern 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, warm 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

Customer Reviews

Based on 16 reviews
Mary Zettel
On the way.

He was real little, but all kinds of new growth. Should be a good size by the end of the summer.

Jesse Perry
S.p venosa

plant was very small as were the other two plants I rec'd especially since they were so expensive. All plants arrived in good shape and are growing new leaves.


Plant came healthy and looking great-very happy

Andrew North
Nice Plant

A bit smaller than I thought it would be for a medium but seems to be healthy and is doing well so far.

James Millner
Settling In

I have had the for 2 weeks now and it is loving its new environment. I feed it a few Osmocote pellets to help with the transitions. I will keep you posted and send pictures soon.

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