Pitcher Plant Bloom


Sarracenia species

Photograph taken at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, NC on April 24, 2004.  Various species of this genus grow along the Eastern US coast, with a heavy concentration in diversity from southeastern North Carolina to Mobile, Alabama.  Pitcher plants are insectivorous, capturing insects to supplement growth in poor nutrient soils.  They are capable of photosynthesizing and making their own sugars (food), but by capturing insects, they are provided a dietary supplement of nutrients (fertilizer).  Growing most commonly in wet, acidic, nutrient poor soils they capture insects to receive minerals and nutrients they may not find in sufficient quantities otherwise. Pitchers are “bog” plants and this one is growing in a man-made bog so more people can view its beautiful flower structure and pitcher.  Truly a wonder of nature!

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