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Purple Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia purpurea

Also known as

Side Saddle Flower, Huntsman's Cup, Common Pitcher Plant, Sweet Pitcher Plant, Frog's-Britches, Huntsman's-Horns, Northern Pitcher Plant, Decumbent Pitcher Plant

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H7-H3

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20cm

Max

1m

10cm

Min

50cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Purple Pitcher Plant Overview

This carnivorous perennial is evergreen with purple or green pitches veined purple. They have upcurved ends and it's lids are erect. Dark red, purple or pink flowers are produced in the spring.

Common problems with Purple Pitcher Plant

Generally disease free but can be attacked by Aphids, Mealybugs, Scale insects & Tortrix moths.

How to harvest Purple Pitcher Plant

Generally not harvested but seeds can be collected in autumn when ripe.

How to propagate Purple Pitcher Plant

Seed

Division

Division in spring.

Special features of Purple Pitcher Plant

Wet sites

Indoor plant

Other uses of Purple Pitcher Plant

Insect catchers (insectivorous).