Northern Pitcher Plant
PRODUCT TYPE: Carnivorous
VENDOR: Toledo Zoo Native Plant Sales
Scientific name: Sarracenia purpurea purpurea
Plant type: Carnivorous
Light requirement: Full Sun, Part Sun
Soil moisture: Wet
Height (in feet): less than 1
Bloom time: May - August
Bloom color: Red, Purple
Conservation Status: Threatened
All available state listed species are commercially produced in our state licensed production nursery under Ohio Revised Code 927. All founding stock is legally sourced with proper permitting or legally imported from licensed sources outside of the state according to the requirements in ORC 1518.03.
About: Carnivorous plants inhabit low nutrient habitats in the wild. The plants rely on their traps to catch animal (mostly arthropod) prey, which they then digest and use to grow. These plants are easy to maintain at home in a bog garden or pot so long as attention is given to replicating their natural environment. High amounts of fertilizers or minerals in the water supply can kill these plants. The ideal soil is a combination of peat moss, sand, and sphagnum moss. Set the pots in a shallow saucer of rainwater or distilled water and never fertilize. These native carnivores are winter hardy if the pot is protected from harsh freezes by either burying it in the ground outside or placing it inside an unheated garage or shed for the winter.