North American pitcher plants are not only amazing works or living art but are also some of the most interesting plants in the world because they lure insects to their uniquely evolved leaves that are in the shape of a pitcher which holds water. Once the insect lands on the plant, first attracted by the reddish color, it then feeds on a bit of free nectar that the plant expels through tiny pores around the lip of the opening. The inside of the trap opening his very waxy and slippery and also covered with downward facing tiny hairs. These hairs make it easy for the insect to walk in one direction only...to its death! The insect eventually slips into the trap and into the water where it drowns and is digested by this remarkable plant! It makes quite a conversation piece and offers an inspirational learning experience for kids and adults alike!
Sarracenia purpurea, aka the purple pitcher plant, acquires its best coloration when grown in full sun all day long. If it does not get sufficient lengths of direct sunlight, it may revert to green like other plants. This species is the shortest in the genus but is so cold hardy that in nature, it can be found growing all the way into Canada or further north! Available plants are young and small, growing in a 2" pot.