Being Carnivorous Can Certainly Be Attractive - The Pitcher Plant
The exotic looking Pitcher plants are very unusual in the botanical world, being carnivorous, they adapt to very poor soil . They attract and consume insects and extract their needed nitrogen from their diet instead of the soil.
When I was at the Huntington Botanical Gardens near Pasadena, I captured this specimen. I was first attracted to it's unusual color. The Pitcher plants are dived into two main families; the Nepentheceae (Nepenthes) and Sarracenaceae (Sarracenia). This specimen is of the Nepenthes family. It may sound familiar because of the Nepanthe Restaurant near Big Sur on the coast of California. There is no connection between the plant and the restaurant other than the similarity of the name, but that is how remember the name of these pitcher plants.
Growing pitcher plants is not difficult as long as their native habitat can be replicated. Pitcher plants certainly can provide for an exotic look in your garden, and they can be very eye catching specimens in containers. I have looking around but haven't seen any of these available but one day will find one and give it a try.
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