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botanical name:
Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa
Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Pitcher Plant
family:  Sarraceniaceae
characteristics: perennial, semi-evergreen
height: 0.45m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: red & green
flower colour: red
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
description:
Carnivorous plant, rhizomatous perennial with leaves modified to form trumpet-shaped tubes that trap insects. Relatively short growing with long lasting pitchers that hold liquid in which insects are digested. They have hood-like upright lids and range in colour from yellow-green to deeply red or purple flushed, often with conspicuous dark red-purple veins. Also produces some flat undulating normal leaves. The large spring flowers are normally dusky red.

cultivation:
Needs consistently wet or boggy, lime-free soil, which is low in nutriants. Full sun in a sheltered position. Prefers warm conditions in summer and will survive periods below freezing in winter, though cultivated plants are often overwintered in a glasshouse or similar.


propagation:
From seed, but can be very slow to germinate, or by division of offsets.

other notes:
Native to eastern parts of the USA, this subspecies being found further south than the species.

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