Sarracenia purpurea, Native to North America, an unusual specimen, can be a new discovery for many gardeners. Sarracenia purpurea has a unique appearance. The flower not only pleases the eye but also fights insects. It is considered one of the most active carnivorous plants.
It belongs to the perennials of the Sarraceniaceae family. When growing it, there are no special difficulties, providing conditions similar to those to which the flower is used in the wild. It can be grown in an apartment and on a plot. Topdressing is not required. Sarracenia purpurea grows well in the European climate.
The plant prefers wetlands (for example, the edges of ponds or swamps) for growth. Each mature Sarracenia purpurea produces a single 7-centimeter flower that begins with a descending "nodding" head and eventually shows yellowish, pollen-bearing stamens. The "pitchers" referred to in the common name of this plant are actually modified leaves.
The rosette of these leaves diverges from the base of the flower stem, and the pitchers themselves can grow up to 20 centimeters in length. Being decorative to the human eye, the shape of the jug also serves a practical purpose — their container structure holds the water where the prey of this predatory plant eventually sinks. The flowers are distinguished by a greenish-purple or red color.
Catcher pitchers occupy a horizontal position. Sweet juice stands out on its edges, which is attractive to insects. When they come to eat, they fall on the inner surface, covered with hairs tilted downwards. Insects fall down, getting into a special liquid, which contains a lot of bacteria. They split the remains of insects.