Sarracenia flava, the Yellow Pitcher Plant, growing wild in the Croatan Nat’l Forest, North Carolina. Fields like this used to stretch for miles and miles along the American Atlantic Seaboard. Unfortunately, more than 95% of all Sarracenia stands have been lost. If you live anywhere near the Southern States, from Virginia down to Florida and over to Texas, you owe it to yourself and future generations to not only visit, but to protect and preserve these sites.
Springtime Sarracenia pitcher plant flowers. Many people erroneously call the tubular, carnivorous leaves of pitcher plants “flowers”. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard “Oh, those plants with the long tube flower things?” when discussing Sarracenia. In fact, the flowers of these plants are spectacular and one of the highlights of spring for me. These North American natives have flowers that range from white (S. alata), yellow (S. flava, minor, alata), pink (S. rosea), and red (S. leucophylla, rubra, psittacina, purpurea). Hybrids oftentimes produce flowers with color intermediate between their parents, producing beautiful colors of orange and rose.