Sarracenia – aka Pitcher plant

I was going through my collections of photos and ran across these photos.  I discovered these several years ago growing  in a field at the end of a runway at our local airport.  Since that time the city has taken a few precautions to keep them from being trampled or otherwise disturbed.

I had noticed them numerous times as I was driving by, but from a distance I just thought they were some kind of typical road side wild flower.  One day while I was out looking for things to photograph, I decided to take a closer look and I am so glad that I did. I want to add that I was very careful to not step on any plants while checking them out. I used a 55-200 mm zoom lens so I wouldn’t have to get too close.

I do believe these are called Crimson Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia Leucophylia).. They are a carnivorous insect eating  bog plant. There are many different varieties and species of pitcher plants, these are just one, they belong to the Sarraceniaceae plant family.  I hope you enjoyed seeing them.

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