The Purple pitcher plant, grows in characteristic wetland habitats of North America and employs the strategy of ‘pitfall trap’ for catching insects, beetles, slugs and even frogs in its pitchers, where they are then digested by plant enzymes. Both the persistent pitcher-like leaves and the flowers, which appear from June to July are highly ornamental.
Various species and hybrids of Sarracenia are widely used in bog and damp woodland gardens, and also for wetland restoration projects. In the wild, Sarracenia purpurea populations are threaten by the decline of wetland habitats, and also by horticultural poaching.
Germination: there is no reason for horticultural poaching – seeds germinate easy after a period (1-2 months) of cold-moist stratification in the fridge, preferably in moist sphagnum moss. For seedling after- care and everything else about carnivorous plants (propagation and growing) see the excellent International Carnivorous Plants Society website.