This will be an image heavy post! I thought I’d share some of my collection with y’all, starting with the pitcher plants! These are all North American pitcher plants, scientifically known as the genus Sarracenia, or colloquially as Sarrs. Like the Venus Flytrap, these are native to the United States and a large area of Canada. You can see from the image of their native range that they can tolerate cold weather very well. Some species fare better than others, but Sarrs are generally very hardy plants. They’re also gorgeous, rewarding and very easy to grow. Now onto the pitcher plant pictures! All photos were taken by me, please do not re-use without credit!
Pictured above is the gorgeous hood of Sarracenia Leucophylla “Tarnok”. I unfortunately no longer have my Tarnoks. 🙁 They were blown off my fence and badly damaged during some high winds. This picture really captures how beautiful they were. I believe these were my first Sarracenia. One day I’ll have them again!
This guy is Sarracenia purpurea. Also known as purple pitcher plants, also known as “Purps”. These guys hug the ground, unlike their tall, thin relatives. These are also considered the hardiest of the Sarracenia, and can survive dormancy in below freezing temperatures without a sweat. The hairs on the hood pointing down are what keep insects from escaping. They’re slippery, and most bugs are unable to stick.
This is a young Sarracenia hybrid of unknown origins. It’s only about five inches tall. It will show more distinctive traits in a few years when it’s older. I’m guessing it has some Purpurea in its linage, since it has a similar hood shape. The vein pattern is also interesting. We’ll have to see how looks next growing season!
This blog is SFW (safe for work), but I guess I should mention some pitcher plants tend to look like certain human body parts! This one is Sarracenia oreophila x purpurea, abbreviated as S. o x pp. This was the first new pitcher of this year’s growing season, and it turned out to be one of my most vigorous, fast growing plants. As the pitchers matured, they turned a deep red/purple like many of the purpureas do. Here’s another shot of a mature picture that also looks gratuitously like a butt:
I’ll end this post with a shot of my Sarracenia mini bog, which is just crowded pot of my current adult Sarrs thrown together. The super tall one at the bottom is Sarracenia flava “Coppertop”, at the top of the picture is another hybrid I’m not too sure about. You can see S. o x pp on the right side. And the Purps are hiding right in the center of the pot.
I hope you enjoyed my pitcher plant pictures! I would love to see some of yours! Leave me a comment with a link. And feel free to ask any questions in a comment as well!