Bog Plants: Purple Pitcherplant

Photo of Purple Pitcherplant flower

In early June, I noticed emerging flower stalks of Purple Pitcherplant (Sarracenia purpurea) along the boardwalk at the local bog. When I returned a week later, several flowers were blooming. This plant has adapted to life in nutrient-poor bogs by obtaining many essential elements of life from invertebrates who are captured in the plant's water-containing pitchers. These modified-leaf traps are evergreen, so they can be observed year-round, though they're easiest to spot in late spring when flowers are present. (To view the following images in full-size, click here.)

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