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Pitcher Plant Sarracenia jonesii

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Pitcher Plant:

Previously known as:

  • Sarracenia rubra subsp. jonesii
Phonetic Spelling
sair-ah-SEEN-ee-ah JONES-ee-eye
Description

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

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#perennial#carnivorous#boggy#wet sites#endangered#NC native#native garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#perennial#carnivorous#boggy#wet sites#endangered#NC native#native garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sarracenia
    Species:
    jonesii
    Family:
    Sarraceniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North and South Carolina
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Carnivorous
    Native Plant
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    NC Region:
    Mountains
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Bright red-maroon flowers born on slightly erect scales with 5 petals. Globular and produce a sweet fragrance reminiscent of violets. Seed set in August.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Heavily veined pitchers
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil