The Sarracenia purpurea is commonly known as a ‘pitcher plant’, or ‘monkey cup’ due to the unique cup-shaped hanging leaves. These grow right up from the base of the plant. Sarracenia purpurea are carnivorous houseplants.

 

Native to North America, the pitcher plants have a unique trap that they use to capture prey. They have slippery, waxy interiors resulting in anything falling inside finding it almost impossible to escape. The pitchers are 10-30cm tall.

 

Refrain from touching the plant – no matter how tempted you may be! These carnivorous plants use a lot of energy when they detect something has fallen into their trap. Do not fertilise the plant. This may burn the plant, or even kill it!

 

PLANT CARE

• Light: Prefers strong, direct sunlight
• Water: Keep the soil moist at all times. Once the top layer feels dry, it is time to water again. Water thoroughly until it comes out of the drainage, and empty excess water out of the saucer. Mist daily or a few times a week. The pitchers should always have some water in them to prevent the ends from turning brown and crispy
• Considerations: the Sarracenia can handle temperatures as low as -5C

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

You'll get a healthy Sarracenia Purpurea that meets our rigorous quality standards in a 14cm nursery pot, other planters are sold separately. No two plants are alike, and yours will have its own unique shape, size, and personality; expect this natural variation from the photos.

Sarracenia Purpurea "Purple Pitcher"

$29.00Price