Very Purple People Eaters- I mean, pitcher plants!

During dormancy, purple pitcher plants and their hybrids certainly live up to their name! I am always fascinated by how deep and dark their color gets in the winter. Check out the photos below!

Sarracenia oreophhila x purpurea ssp. purpurea.
Sarracenia oreophhila x purpurea ssp. purpurea.
Sarracenia x moorei  x purpurea hybrids make some beautiful ruffled hoods!
Sarracenia ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x ‘Brunswick Beauty’

The dark purple color also contrasts a lot with the slippery hairs on their hoods. They look so old and grizzled! Which makes sense, since they are the oldest pitchers.

The purple pitcher plant Sarracenia purpurea.
Sarracenia purpurea.

I’ve said several times that I feel dormancy has its own special beauty to it, and these dark purple pitchers are certainly part of that!

It has been a brief, warm dormancy here in California, though. The dark purple, grizzled pitchers haven’t even started turning brown and dead yet, and I’m already seeing new signs of life! Check out this flower bud already emerging from my S. flava “Cuprea”! This is the first flower bud I’ve seen on it! I’M EXCITED IN CASE YOU COULDN’T TELL.

Flower bud emerging from dormant Sarracenia flava "Cuprea" rhizome.
Sarracenia flava “Cuprea” with flower bud emerging!

I’m certainly not complaining about the mild dormancy! I’m ready to say goodbye to winter and excited to start tackling some of my goals for this yearWe’re expecting temperatures in the 70s F! Man, I love living in California.

I’ll show more signs of life later this week! To celebrate the new growing season, I’ll be doing a series of giveaways soon! I’ll be giving away plants AND items from my store! Enter your email below to get first dibs!


  1. Enrique says:

    I didn’t know they get such deep colors during winter (haven’t given sarracenias a try yet). Absolutely gorgeous! Congrats on your blog, I like it. Keep up the good work!

    • Maria says:

      Hi Enrique, thank you for the sweet comment! You should absolutely give Sarracenia a try! They are so beautiful, easy and rewarding! 😀 Again, thank you so much!

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