Flora of Northern Ireland
Sarracenia purpurea
© Paul Hackney
Sarracenia purpurea
© Stan Beesley
Sarracenia purpurea
(Map updated: March 2008)

This unusual American species was deliberately introduced to the bogs of Peatlands Park in Co Armagh some years ago, where it proliferated and has become something of a nuisance. The leaves are modified into hollow tubes or "pitchers" which trap and drown insects. The decaying insects act as a source of nitrogen-rich food for the plant.

It is a native of eastern North America.

All names: Sarracenia purpurea L.