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.

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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.