Pitcher Plant – Sarracenia spp.

Pitcher Plant in the Highlands Botanical Garden

On the campus of the Highlands Biological Station, these perennial carnivorous plants are abundant in the wetlands and lake edge and can be seen flowering from May to July along the Bog Boardwalk.  Pitcher Plants are adapted to nutrient-poor, boggy soils and have evolved mechanisms for trapping insects in order to acquire the nitrogen they need.   Several species native to wetlands in the Southern Appalachians and the Coastal Plains of the Carolinas can be found in the Botanical Garden, including S. purpurea, S. jonesii, S. rubra and S. flava, as well as  possible hybrid species.

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