The Southern Purple Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea venosa, is low growing with short, stout traps. The traps are similar to the northern variety, but more bulbous and orange with more pronounced ruffling on the margins of the hood. The external pitcher surface is covered by small dense hairs and feels soft and flexible to the touch. It tends to clump and form colonies, about 2 feet across. In the winter it frequently turns a rufous red. Traps hold their color through the winter and for nearly 2 years.
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AttributesType: Carnivorous, Tropical, Houseplant
Height: 8 in - 12 in
Spread: 12 in - 24 in
Light: Full to Partial Sun / Bright to Partial Bright Light
Water: Moderate with purified water
Zone: 7 - 9
Pet Safe: Non-Toxic
CareGeneral Maintenance: Be careful with your pitcher plant, they are sensitive to rough touch. Feed with a few live or dead insects once every couple of weeks.
Temperature: -5 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius, it is best to not let them freeze, the pitchers may die but the rhimozone should survive short amount of time frozen.
Light: These plants will thrive outdoors in the warm season in full sun. Bring indoors for a dormancy period. Bright indirect light will work as well, but they are best suited to outdoor locations.
Watering: Water only with the purest water you have available. Rainwater or reverse osmosis water are best. If using bottled water, make sure there is no salt. If using tap water, allow to sit for a minimum of 24 hours to evaporate any chlorine and sterilizing agents.
Soil: Open, wet and boggy, but can tolerate more sandy soil. Main thing with any carnivorous plant is to give them the poorest soil possible. They will thrive in a mixture of pebbles and peat moss. Too rich of soil will cause.
Fertilizer: To fertilize any carnivorous plant, you feed them insects. With pitcher plants just drop live or dead insects into the pitchers. DO NOT FERTILIZE THE SOIL this will cause chemical burns and kill your plant.
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