Here' another dark plant from the Philadelphia Flower Show. It's a pitcher plant, Sarracenia x chelsonii, which is a carnivorous plant. These are the flowers, but the leaves are modified into open tubes in which water collects. Insects are attracted into the tubes, which also have downward pointing hairs, so the insects can get in, but not out. This is a hybrid- fooled with on purpose to make an ornamental plant (and this one won a blue ribbon). Want to see what wild pitcher plants look like? OK!
Here is the flower- the same as the dark showy part of the plant above. If you look at the one from the flower show you can see the tubes coming out of the pot. They are green. Here are the tubes from the wild one, which is Sarracenia purpurea.
Quite beautiful, don't you think? These wild ones were growing in the Upper Peninsula (Michigan) last year. I give it a blue ribbon, too. I learned something else when we took those pictures too. Look at what that blossom is hiding, when it's turned up.
I sure never expected the two-toned effect.
Here's another ornamental variety from the Flower Show. It's called Amber Rays. Later, I found yet another one at the Flower Show, but I don't know what variety it is, but the curly petals were really odd.
It seems weird to me that a bog plant (an acidic wetland) should become a popular ornamental plant. But that has obviously happened. And they are beautiful. But the wild ones aren't exactly shabby, either!
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