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Northern Pitcher Plant
Sarracenia purpurea

Northern pitcher plant is a CARNIVOROUS wildflower. The pitcher-like leaves collect rainwater and excrete digestive chemicals. When insects attracted to the colored lip of the leaf walk into the structure, they become trapped by the downward pointing hairs, eventually drown, and are digested by bacterial and enzymatic action in the water solution. The northern pitcher plant then absorbs the resulting nutrients.