Crimson Pitcher Plant
and
White Top Pitcher Plant
Sarracenia leucophylla
Sarraceniaceae (Pitcher Plant) Family

Crimson Pitcher Plant

White Top Pitcher Plant

Hybrid Crimson Pitcher Plant

These carnivorous plants are also known as Fiddler's Trumpet, and Purple Trumpets. The White Top is know by the same species name as the Crimson, but there are some schools of thought that they should be separated to different species. The plants bear a modified stem from an underground rhizome. The preferred habitat is savannas, pine lands, and sandy bog. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are hollow, hooded, greenish toward the base and whitish toward the apex, with red or greenish veins. Height of the plant varies according to its environment, but usually two to three feet is considered average.

The flowers are solitary, bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. The nodding flower is often referred to as "frog houses" or "ladies watches." There are five petals and numerous stamens. The color may be brownish-red or reddish-purple. Flowers occur in late spring and early summer, but in some coastal bogs they are apt to flower as early as March.

Fruit is a capsule.

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