North American Pitcher Plant – Sarracenia
The North American pitcher plant is a master of deception. Beautiful pitcher-shaped traps are actually intricate natural adaptations to capture and digest insects in order to uptake minerals otherwise lacking in soil. Through the use of several different luring and trapping tactics, the plant practically ensures that it will be well fed.
There are eight different species of Sarracenia – purple pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea), yellow trumpet plants (S. flava), sweet trumpets (S. rubra), pale trumpets (S. alata), white trumpets (S. leucophylla), mountain trumpets (S. oreophila), hooded pitcher plants (S. minor), and parrot pitcher plants (S. psittacina) – and hundreds of cultivars, variations, hybrids, and subspecies.
With so many different plants, the North American pitcher plant maintains a diverse variety of colors, shapes, and trapping mechanisms – making each plant a unique and beautiful addition to any carnivorous plant collection.