Pitcher Plant

Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia purpurea, or Pitcher Plant grows in the bog where the soil is nutrient poor. They have adapted to this by capturing and eating insects! The inside of the tubular shaped leaf is lined with downward pointing hairs. These hairs block an insect from climbing up the tube and escaping. The fluid in the bottom of the tube contains digestive juices that will consume the insect prey.

sarracenia purpurea

The flower buds are just starting to emerge.  

These plants can be found in any of the bogs around the area, but an easy place to view this unique plant is from a boardwalk that is built above the wet bog. The Orr Bogwalk is a good place, another good place is the Astrid Lake hiking trail that heads south from Lake Jeanette.

 

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