Purple Pitcher Plant | Cartwheel Bay (S.C.)

Sarracenia purpurea

  • Carnivorous herb 50 cm tall
  • Also called Hunter's Horn
  • Large, solitary red-purple-green flower appears atop long stalk in mid to late spring
  • Trumpet-shaped hollow leaves with downward-pointing hairs collecting water
  • Green, red and purple-pigmented leaf opening and nectar attract insects
  • Plant enzymes and bacteria help digest insects
  • Lives in acidic soils, sandy bogs

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