Carnivorous plants seem to get a bad rap - but they have an abundance of beauty and character (so what if it comes from digesting flies?). Pitcher plants (Sarracenia) are very, very cool. I think they make a very interesting addition to a flower arrangement. Not only are their tubes/pitchers full of color(above), but they also put forth some of the strangest flowers you have ever seen.
This week I bought a bunch of the tubes and combined them with these tiny Narcissus blossoms.
More pics (including the pitcher plant's flower) and a word of advice on the Narcissus after the jump...
One word of warning with these Narcissus - they are powerfully fragrant. As I write this my eyes are itchy and my throat is scratchy. They also have a sap that drains from the stems. This sap can clog up the stems of other flowers (same goes for those daffodils). If you give yours a fresh cut, you my want to let them sit in water by themselves for a day before combining them with other flowers. Anyone else with knowledge/experience on this?
These are a native to North America and mostly come from the Southeast. Insects get trapped in these tubes and dissolved by enzymes the plants produce. They still can be hard to find in NYC (they won't show up at the delis), and these were $2 per tube(flowers were $2.50). If you want to learn more about these fascinating plants, definitely check out Wikipedia's Sarracenia page to start. If you are in the NYC area and want to see these as they grow, The New York Botanical Garden has a case of pitcher plants that are currently in bloom.
I am sending a shout-out to all of you who bring home flowers to brighten up your home. Do YOU have some Sat. morning flowers to share? Let me know! You can drop me a line and some pics at firstname.lastname@example.org
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