Sarracenia purpurea purpurea Seeds


Ease to Grow: Challenging
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 it 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. 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 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. It is well-suited for terrariums and the backyard bog garden north into Canada.

Seed Packs are fresh harvested in Fall, and stored refrigerated. Seed count is approximate, but reliable.

Note: Stratification is required to prepare sarracenia purpurea seeds for germination. All Purple Pitcher Plant seeds are produced from open pollination within our collection. Some cross pollination may occur, and seed offspring may or may not be true to mother plant, though not likely with this species. Growing carnivorous plants from seeds is best suited for the experienced and patient grower. See our webpage on Growing CPs from Seeds.

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 if dormancy is provided.

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
L. Barstow
Good propagation rate on seeds

My Northern Purple Pitcher seeds came well-packed and with great instructions. I used some of the carnivorous plant soil mix to stratify for 40 days and then sowed them in a 3.5" pot with more of the mix. The results were wonderful!

Kurt Camerud
Excessive packaging

Wow, three separate envelopes for the seeds? The final package springs open like an origami structure scattering a few seeds. It will be months before I know if they germinate as they are in cold storage now -- my garage.

Benjamin McKay
S. Purpuria purpuria

My seeds arrive earlier than expected. Also received more than I ordered(a definite plus). They are in stratification right now. Looking forward to getting them going.

Linda Esposito
Bog plants

I ordered "The Northern Purple Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea purpurea" in seed form. Since the seeds need to be stratified, these were broadcast over my bog garden. Since it is early on, I must wait until spring here in the northeast to report on growth.

Theresa Harris
Prompt Service

Seeds arrived as promised. Had some basic instructions with it.

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