303. Carnivorous Plants

The pitcher plants you see here are carnivorous—they trap and digest insects.  


Pitcher plants and other carnivorous plants have evolved to consume insects as a way to survive. They often grow in standing water and wetland soils that don’t provide enough nutrients for the plants to flourish.


Pitcher plants capture and digest prey that fall into the mouths of their pitcher-shaped leaves. Look for their tubular leaves sticking up, or curved, to keep water and their insect victims inside.


American pitcher plants in the genus Sarracenia are mostly native to the eastern coastal plains of North America, from the Canadian Maritime provinces in the north, to the Gulf Coast of the United States. 


Unfortunately, many species of carnivorous plants are endangered because development has destroyed their habitats. Growing them here in a protected garden helps save them from extinction. You can see more carnivorous plants in the bog area of the Regional Garden and inside the Conservatory. 


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