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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.


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


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. 🙂

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

    Ha-hah, awesome natural pest control!!!

  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.

  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

  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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