Ease to Grow: Easy to Moderate.
Native Range: Peat Bogs of Southeastern North America.
Zones: 7-9 (6-10).
The Pink Flowered Southern Purple Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia rosea, is a variant of venosa with a broad, large, rosy pink flower on a short stalk. Flowers can lighten to a pure white with age. It 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. It often has a wide pitcher opening and a broad lip. The external pitcher surface is cover 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, that flowers before the new pitchers. Flower stalks and sepals last through the year, resembling green daffodils. It prefers warm summers and mild winters, and is native from Mississippi to Georgia. It is well-suited for terrariums and backyard bog gardens, even in the North with winter protection. This plant was formerly known as S. purpurea venosa var Burkii, named to honor Louis Burke, a Philadelphia horticulturist who first knowingly grew it. It was elevated to species status in 1999.
Height: 4" - 8".
Plant Type: Perennial, warm 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.