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What's My Zone?
Zone: 4 to 9Annual
Cultivar Notes - 'Red Bug'
Bug-hungry and wacky-beautiful – Pitcher Plants are irresistible little carnivores. The periscope-shaped olive-green leaves (with reddish stripes) lean over to invite insects to drop in (and stay). Plant in course sphagnum with the crown slightly above the waterline.
Genus Notes - Sarracenia
Pitcher plants are described as carnivorous plants because they trap and kill insects (e.g., flies, ants, beetles, wasps) and similar prey (e.g., mites, spiders) by luring them into trumpet-shaped pitchers (modified leaves) where the insects become trapped and die. Nutrients from the decayed pest bodies are absorbed by the plant as nourishment through special cells located at the base of each pitcher.