Sarracenia purpurea


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(6 customer reviews)

Sarracenia purpurea or the Purple Pitcher Plant, has the widest range of all Sarracenia, with many of its forms and subspecies spanning across Canada, down into Mississippi and Florida. This particular form does best in cooler temperate climates, but may adapt to warm temperate climates as long as the pots don’t overheat during the summer. The pitchers of S. purpurea are much shorter than those of other Sarracenia species and grow close to the ground with their hoods turned upward in order to collect rainwater. The hoods are covered with bristles which cause insects to slip off the surface and into the fluids below where they are digested.

*This plant ships bare root*

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Size and packing method: Small plants are about 1 inch across with juvenile pitchers, medium size plants are 2-3 inches tall with 1-2 semi-mature pitchers. Plants are shipped bare root, carefully wrapped in a damp paper towel. If selecting with soil mix, you will receive two cups of our prepackaged Carnivorous Plant Soil Mix in addition to the bare root plant. This quantity of soil is roughly enough to fill one 2.5 x 2.5 x 3.5 inch square pot.

Growing requirements

Light: Full sun
Soil: Carnivorous Plant Soil Mix, pure peat, peat-sand mix, or long-fiber sphagnum
Feeding: Feed bugs or fish food every 2-3 weeks, fertilizer such as Osmocote may be added to pitchers sparingly or Maxsea as a foliar feed may be used for plants with young pitchers
Humidity: 50-90%
Water: Keep soil damp at all times, provide water that is low in salts and minerals such as rain or distilled water
Temperature: 20-82°F – It’s best to prevent roots from freezing in winter by mulching around the plant. If growing in a warmer climate, prevent pots from overheating during the summer which can cause stress.
Dormancy: Growth stops during winter and leaf edges brown, allow 3-4 months at 50°F or less, give less light and keep soil damp, clip off old leaves once dormancy is over

Planting and adjustment instructions will be included with your shipment.

6 reviews for Sarracenia purpurea

  1. Deborah (verified owner)

    I received the four Sarracenia that I ordered in good condition. They are tiny, and the website did say that, but they were smaller than expected. Hopefully they will thrive. My shipment arrived quickly and healthy.

  2. Joseph Nicholson (verified owner)

    Verry healthy verry good customer service

  3. Nathaniel Konkel (verified owner)

    My specimen looks absolutely mint. Thank you so much Curious Plant!

  4. Megan OMalley (verified owner)

    Lovely little seedling! Parts of it are dying off already, the smallest rhizome may not survive, but this may be due to the shock of shipping/climate.

  5. Joey B. (verified owner)

  6. Emily (verified owner)

    Perfectly packaged. It has a couple of brown spots that I’m chalking up to the stress of the journey. Overall, beautiful and high quality.

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