Sarracenia purpurea subsp. purpurea is the provincial flower of Newfoundland and Labrador - where the plant grows in abundance in the acidic sphagnum peat bogs and fens which form atop the bedrock. These photos were taken at Little Cobb’s Pond in Gander, located on the northwest corner of the island.
The Rotary Club in Gander has started rehabilitating this area and has installed boardwalks throughout. The old railway line, which is now part of the Trans Canada Trail runs through this area as well.
A typical bog section with lichens, sedge grasses, low bushes, sphagnum moss and S. purpurea. Can you find them?
The plants are easy to spot if you look for their flower heads.
This one looks worse for wear, perhaps the victim of a harsh winter or maybe a snack for the Woodland Caribou which live on the island..
Where the plants are more shaded they're usually greener in colour but this isn't a hard and fast rule. I saw specimens ranging from green to orange to dark red.
Pitchers are relatively small at about 10-12cm in length. Sometimes they have to compete with the sphagnum for the sun.
Those are some nice looking sarrs. I missed out on visiting my favorite bogs this year. The only reason the purp flower isn't Ontario's flower is because those decisions are made in the teeny tiny section called Southern Ontario. We also have cloudberry up here.
dvg: Sarra's safe inside
Mar 31, 2019 20:40:58 GMT -5
bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:07 GMT -5
dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:45 GMT -5