Pitcher Plant - Sarracenia

Common Names: pitcher plants

Botanical names: Sarracenia

Availability: Summer through fall

Vase life: 7 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: The leaves of pitcher plants are modified into specialized structures called pitchers. These pitchers are typically elongated, hollow, and tubular, resembling a pitcher or jug, hence the name. The shape can vary from cylindrical to trumpet-like, depending on the species.

Color: Green, red, and purple. Some species exhibit patterns or spots that aid in attracting prey.

Botanical facts: Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants known for their unique pitcher-shaped traps that lure, capture, and digest insects and other small prey.

Design notes: These exotic leaves add interest to a floral design. The leaves are best shown grouped upright in a parallel styled design.

Purchasing hints: Select leaves which are turgid and free of damage or blemishes.

Conditioning: Cut the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in water mixed with commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Many species of pitcher plants are threatened by habitat destruction, pollution, and over collection.