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