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Pitcher Plants in Winter

3-19-13 pitcher plant in winter2 IMG_6845The pitcher plant flowers that bloomed in bogs last June persist through the winter. Their maroon petals are gone, as is their scent, and they are withered and somewhat drab-colored, but the upside down flowers are still on display, supported by long, graceful stems protruding above the surface of the snow. Pitcher plants flower for about two weeks at the beginning of summer, during which time their pollen is distributed (primarily by bees). After fertilization, 300 – 600 seeds form within each ovary. This is when the carnivorous pitcher leaves develop. In late fall, the “pitchers” begin to wither and the seed pods turn brown and split open, scattering seeds. In three to five years, the plants which these seeds grew into will begin flowering.

7 responses

  1. Kay Shumway

    Great picture. I love it! Good eye, I’m sure I would have walked or skied right by it!

    March 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

  2. The “dead” pitcher plant is so beautiful. It would make a great b&w photo!

    March 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

  3. Kathryn

    Pretty as a “pitcher!”

    March 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm

  4. Reblogged this on antilandscaper.

    March 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

  5. I love pitcher plants but have to confess I never thought much about their flowers. Thanks for the great info.

    March 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm

  6. Wonderful photo. I too would have passed right by this!

    March 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm

  7. Elizabeth

    Beautiful. Here are some in winter without flowers:

    Pitcher plants under ice

    March 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm

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