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QUESTION: Is this S. purpurea subsp. venosa or S. rosea? I found them at Splinter Hill Bog.

ANSWER: Hi Jesus,

That is definitely a Sarracenia rosea (or S. purpurea ssp. venosa var. burkii for those of us rebelling against the splitters :).  The fuzzy exterior and the big lip on the front are the indicators.  If this plant has a pink flower when blooming that is the other indicator.  

I forget, is Splinter Hill in the Florida panhandle?

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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QUESTION: It's in Alabama, but it's only about 30 minutes away from the Florida border. I live just an hour away from it in the Florida panhandle. I never thought to much about growing them but after seeing them in the wild. I have to say there awesome little tubby plants. I can't wait to grow some of my own!

Hi Jesus,

S. rosea is a great plant, especially if you're in a warmer climate.  They get big, and are very eye-catching.  I would also say they are a lightly better bug catcher than other purpureas.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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