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Sarracenia rubra - Sweet Pitcher

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Sarracenia rubra

Sweet Pitcher

S. rubra, sweet pitcherplant, is native to the bogs and shrubby pocosins in the coastal plain from N. Carolina to the western Florida Panhandle.  Very fragrant bright to deep red flowers stand above  slender clump forming pitchers 1'.  Modified leaves are erect and tubular, green at the base, growing into sweet shades of red and purple with deepening  purple venation covering the narrow hood.  The flowers of the sweet pitcherplant bloom in spring with deep maroon petals.  Seeds will come true after a month of cold stratification.  The deep red flowers of the sweet pitcherplant and medium height make this very attractive with prostrate forms of Sarracenia in the bog garden. Quite cold hardy as long as they don't dry out over winter.  Cut back old growth in march here in the Northeast.  Creeping rhizome. Zone 6-9.