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Sarracenia purpurea var. purpurea

Northern Purple Pitcherplant

Scientific Name:

Sarracenia purpurea var. purpurea

Genus:

Sarracenia

Species Epithet:

purpurea var purpurea

Common Name:

Northern Purple Pitcherplant

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Sarraceniaceae (Pitcherplant Family)

Native/Alien:

US Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May, June, July

Habitat Description:

Bogs. Weakley shows this species growing from the VA coastal plain north—not present in NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Semi-evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

Notes:

Flora of North America states "Within Sarracenia purpurea, there is much overlap of character states among the infraspecific taxa, and there are always exceptions and problematic specimens, especially where they may hybridize with other species in the Carolinas."

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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