Facts

  • This meat eater from the nutrient-deficient bogs of north America has modified leaves that form trumpets to trap flying insects then slowly devour them.
  • Carnivorous plants use insects to get some or most of their nutrients.
  • Like other pitchers, the yellow pitcher plant contains sugars to lure insects in. These sugars are laced with an alkaloid (coniine) that intoxicates the prey, making it difficult for them to escape.

Where it grows

The yellow pitcher plant is native to southern and eastern states of the United States, including Florida, Louisiana and Virginia.