Sarracenia leucophylla Raf.
Crimson Pitcherplant, Crimson Pitcher-plant, Crimson Pitcher Plant
Sarraceniaceae (Pitcher-plant Family)
Synonym(s): Sarracenia drummondii
USDA Symbol: SALE4
A carnivorous plant bearing nodding, brownish-red flowers and clusters of erect, hollow, pitcher-like leaves; each leaf colored at top with reddish-purple veins on a white background and topped by an erect, roundish, wavy-edged hood.
Insects and other small organisms are attracted to this plant by the colorful leaf opening and by nectar secreted inside; they fall into the collected water and are then digested by plant enzymes or by bacterial action, thereby providing essential nutrients. Sweet Pitcher-plant (S. rubra), found from North Carolina south to Florida and west to Mississippi, has a slender, erect trumpet, 4-20 inches (10-50 cm) tall and green veined with red; the flowers are very fragrant, with the odor of English Violet (Viola odorata).
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
DistributionUSA: AL , FL , GA , MS , NC
Native Distribution: North Carolina; Florida west to Mississippi.
Native Habitat: Sandy bogs.
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Plant identification, green and tube-like
September 18, 2008
LOOKING FOR NAME OF A GREEN TUBE-LIKE PLANT (SHAPED LIKE A CALLA LILY). THE VEINS ARE VISIBLE. MAYBE IN CLUSTER
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Longwood Gardens - Kennett Square, PA
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Research LiteratureReslit 181 - Photosynthetic light response in three carnivorous plant species: Drosera rotundifolia, D. capensis and Sarracenia leucophylla (2010) B. M. Bruzzese, R. Bowler, H. B. Massicotte and A....
Reslit 705 - Do carnivorous plants use volatiles for attracting prey insects? (2009) A. Jurgens, A. M. El-Sayed and D. M. Suckling
Reslit 950 - Assimilation of Cd and Cu by the Carnivorous Plant Sarracenia leucophylla Raf. fed Contaminated Prey (2010) C. Moody and I. D. Green
Reslit 1451 - High genetic diversity in Sarracenia leucophylla (Sarraceniaceae), a carnivorous wetland herb (2004) Z. F. Wang, J. L. Hamrick and M. J. W. Godt
Reslit 1788 - Conservation of genetic diversity in old-growth forest communities of the southeastern United States (2006) J. L. Hamrick, M. J. W. Godt and E. Gonzales
Reslit 2244 - Differential escape of insects from carnivorous plant traps (1991) T. C. Gibson
Reslit 2528 - Phylogenetic relationships in Sarraceniaceae based on rbcL and ITS sequences (1996) R. J. Bayer, L. Hufford and D. E. Soltis
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sarracenia leucophylla in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sarracenia leucophylla in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-05-17
Research By: TWC Staff