The purple pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) has the largest natural range of all the north American pitcher plants, and consequently, it has been able to adapt to unique habitats. This form of S. purpurea is native to the Marl Bogs in Ontario, Canada. The Marl Bogs are rich in calcium carbonate and other compounds which makes the pH of the soil alkaline. Typically, Sarracenia are found in acidic bogs.
In cultivation, these plants thrive in peat moss/perlite mix, and we have never tried growing them in alkaline soil. The plants photographed above were grown in peat moss and perlite, and as you can see, they’re as happy and colorful as can be! When pitchers are formed during the summer, they tend to be a bright red color with a nice contrasting yellow-green color on the inside of the lid. During the late fall and winter dormancy period, the pitchers can turn dark purple under optimal conditions. Plants offered are well established, large, and have healthy root systems.