Wednesday, February 8, 2012

botanical valentines: sarracenia

Coppertop pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava var. cuprea)
You would have to look hard to find a more unlikely valentine than carnivorous Sarracenia flava.  These weird plants tend to have more of a Halloween vibe.  But, those are distinctly reddish, heart-shaped hoods atop the tubular leaves of this intriguing plant.  I think they make rather exciting botanical valentines.


Sarracenia in its native habitat is an excellent Flickr photo set by Brad Wilson.  Seeing these plants in their native wetlands is so inspiring; you will love these pictures.

Marsh Pink, Sabatia  is a post I did this summer about marsh pinks, with a couple more pictures of this plant (and a few others) in the little bog garden I made.