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Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia purpurea

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Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) at All Seasons Nursery

Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plant

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Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Purple Pitcher Plant, Turtle Socks


This carnivorous plant consists of a rosette of ascending basal leaves that are tubular in shape; reddish-purple blooms rise on stalks from the center of the rosette in late spring to early summer; prefers full sun, wet conditions and mossy acidic soil

Ornamental Features

Pitcher Plant features showy fragrant nodding crimson flowers with orange overtones and yellow anthers rising above the foliage from late spring to mid summer. Its attractive recurved leaves are green in color with distinctive burgundy veins and tinges of purple. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous deep purple in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Pitcher Plant is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and may require the occasional pruning to look its best. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Pitcher Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Pitcher Plant will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. This species is native to parts of North America..

Pitcher Plant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Naturalizing  Container  Bog 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.