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Eat You Up, Yum

I’ve been in love with pitcher plants since we came across a log-potted growth of them at Bok Tower Gardens a few years ago.  I bought two earlier this summer to place on the back patio, partly to see if they’d make a dent in the insect population, but mainly because they’re just gorgeous.  

The Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Tarnok’ is doing very well.  It has produced mid-sized pitchers since being potted up, and is now about 12″ tall and turning out laaaarge pitchers.
 

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And if you gently peer down into the pitcher itself, you can see all kinds of horror:
 

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I’m glad to be rid of the pesky love bugs (which the pitchers consume in droves) and the even peskier destructive-caterpillar-spawning moths, but I’m still a softie at heart, and can’t help but feel the teensiest bit sorry for them.

Which is, I suppose, why I dreamed last night of murderous, body-snatching pitcher plants.  

Sooo, no more peering down into pitchers for me.  Eat up, fellas!

5 Comments on “Eat You Up, Yum”

  1. #1 Nancy Bond CANADA
    on Oct 1st, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Eeew! At least it’s well fed! The pitcher plant grows abundantly here in Nova Scotia, especially in boggy areas, and it is the provincial flower of Newfoundland. 🙂

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  2. #2 Eric Bronson
    on Oct 1st, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Ha-hah, awesome natural pest control!!!

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  3. #3 Wicked Gardener UNITED STATES
    on Oct 3rd, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Those are especially nice pitcher plants. The bug control is a nice added bonus.

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  4. #4 Paulie UNITED STATES
    on Oct 3rd, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Please be aware nerly all pitcher plants sold in FL are collected specimens.
    I hope this day finds you well
    P.

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  5. #5 Stacy UNITED STATES
    on Oct 3rd, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    @Paulie: It isn’t clear from your comment, but if you’re saying that’s something negative, then you can rest easy, as I do not currently purchase pitcher plants from vendors in Florida.

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