Native to the Southeastern United States, the American pitcher plant or Sarracenia are an impressive carnivorous plant to behold. They produce elegant, hollow leaves that are able to trap hoards of unsuspecting wasps, flies, beetles and many other insects.
Sarracenia are rhizome plants, which means they grow as a thick stem horizontally under the soil. Pitchers emerge upward from this stem, and roots grow downward. These rhizomes branch and divide over time, leading to large clumps of beautiful pitchers.
They are temperate perennial plants, which means they have clearly-defined growth and dormancy seasons. When dormant over Winter, Sarracenia can appear completely dead above the soil, only to return to full growth once Spring arrives.