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Purple pitcher plant

Purple pitcher plant Sarracenia purpurea

  • Appearance: Carnivorous plant that forms a dense rosette of up to 100 pitchers, filled with rainwater that capture and decompose prey.
  • Growth: Found in damp places like bogs or fens. S
  • Impact: Negative impact on invertebrate communities, outcompetes and displaces native vascular plants, liverworts and mosses.
  • Pathway: Originally a garden ornamental plant that has spread or been deliberately planted in the wild.
  • Legal status: Not covered by legislation in England and Wales.


  • What to do if you see this plant in the wild: This is an alert species, record it with a photograph (where possible).