Red-purple Pitcher Plant

By William T. Hathaway

Red-purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea)

This particular pitcher-plant was found growing in a weedy mud puddle along the shoulders of a sandy roadside within the Croatan Forest south of New Bern, North Carolina. The reddish coloration of this example seems to be more commonly observed than the purple-flowered form of the same species presented in an earlier PittPaths article. Some authors seem to question as to why this species was not originally named a “Red” Pitcher-plant, rather than “Purple.”

(See also other carnivorous plants.)