Photographer: Merel R. Black
Sarracenia purpurea L. subsp. purpurea
Sarracenia: for Dr. Michel Sarrasin, early 18th century physician at Court of Quebec, who sent our northern species to Europe
purpurea: from Greek for "purple"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-2' tall forb, insectivorous|
|Flower: ||maroon, 5-parted, 2 1/2" wide, petals turning inward and soon falling off, shield-like stigma; solitary, nodding on a long stalk rising from the base of the plant; blooms May-Aug.|
|Leaf:||basal, hollow, forming a hooded pitcher-shaped opening that holds water to capture and digest insects, widely winged edges|
|Habitat: ||wet; bogs, shores; in sand, marl (clayey, limy) soil|