Pitcher plant in bog diorama

The Purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea)


Class: Magnoliopsida

Order: Ericales

Family: Sarraceniaceae

Scientific Name: Sarracenia purpurea

Common Name: Purple Pitcher Plant

Location: Boreal Forest Diorama

Specimen Nature: Model


Product Description

The Purple Pitcher Plant is carnivorous! That’s right, they capture and digest insects. They do this because they live in places like bogs where nutrients can be limited. The leaves are formed into the shape of a pitcher, and a liquid that smells good to insects collects in the bottom. On the inside of the pitcher are stiff, downward facing hairs that allow insects to crawl down to the liquid, but prevents them from crawling back out. Eventually they drown in the liquid, which contains digestive enzymes secreted by the plant. Some micro-organisms can live in this liquid, aiding with digestion. The plant then absorbs nitrogen and other nutrients from the digested insects.

$50 Specimen adoption includes:

  • 1 year adoption
  • Certificate & photo
  • Tax receipt for $50