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Sarracenia jonesii

Common Name(s):
Mountain sweet pitcherplant, Pitcher plant
Carnivorous Plants, Native Plants, Perennials

Mountain sweet pitcherplant is a stemless perennial with tall, slender, tubular pitchers with a slight bulge on top and a horizontal lid that prevents too much rain water from entering the tube.   They are bright green in color with maroon veins. This is an endangered species native to seepage bogs of Appalachian mountains of NC and SC.  It requires full sunlight to grow.    Pitcher plants attracts flies and other small insects to feed on it, luring them with colorful leaves and sweet smells. The sides of the pitcher are waxy and slippery, which prevents insects from escaping once trapped. The nectar paralyzes the insects and digestive fluids in the tubular leaf decompose the insect which allows the plant to then absorb nutrients. It is listed as an endangered species by the federal government.

Regions: Mountains

Seasons of Interest:

     Bloom: Spring April-June

About 26 in. (65cm)
Flower Color:
Red to maroon
Heavily veined pitchers
Bright red-maroon flowers born on slightly erect scales with 5 petals, globular and produce a sweet fragrance reminiscent of violets. Blooms from April to June, with seed set occurring in August.
Full sun
NC and SC
wet soil, wet site, fragrant, bog, endangered

NCCES plant id: 162

Sarracenia jonesii Sarracenia jonesii
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CC0
Sarracenia jonesii Flower buds
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CC0
Sarracenia jonesii Flower
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