Pitcher plant (Sarracenia sp.)

Pitcher Perfect

pitcherThe Horticulture staff at Bartram’s Garden is known for their expertise with all sorts of strange and wonderful plants, and here’s a good example — a blooming Sarracenia x catesbaei *. This carnivorous hybrid pitcher plant is rated as a “high maintenance” specimen by the Missouri Botanic Garden, requiring the perfect conditions to survive and bloom, often in a bog garden.

Our pitcher plants and bog specimens sit in special troughs by the pond. No question,Sarracenia x catesbaei is a gem of a plant.

[*If you want to pronounce this bit of tongue-twisting botantical Latin, give it a try phonetically: “sarah-seen-eee-uh / kate-spee-eye“. The “x” means its a hybrid.]

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