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Connecticut Plants
Northern Pitcher-plant (Purple Pitcher-plant)
Sarracenia purpurea L.

This is a carnivorous plant. Insects become trapped in the pitcher-like leaves. The insects are then digested, and the nutrients used by the plants.

  • Family: pitcher plant (Sarraceniaceae)
  • Habitat: sphagnum bogs
  • Height: 8-24 inches
  • Flower size: 2 inches across
  • Flower color: dark red
  • Flowering time: May to July
  • Origin: native
Sarracenia purpurea L.
Sarracenia purpurea L.

The flowers quickly lose their petals, but the sepals and umbrella-like style (on the right) last much longer.

Sarracenia purpurea L.

The leaves are modified into pitchers. The inner surface is covered with downward-pointing hairs, which make it difficult for insects to crawl out of the pitcher.

Sarracenia purpurea L.

The color of the pitcher varies from pure green to mostly red or dark red-purple, but the most common coloration is green with red veins. Photographed in Burlington County, New Jersey in early June.