Sarracenia purpurea, commonly known as the purple pitcher plant or side-saddle flower, is a carnivorous plant that obtains most of its nutrients through prey capture. The leaves of this plant form into pitchers. The inner surface of the leaves are covered in fine downward-pointing hair, so once an insect gets into the pitcher, it cannot climb back out. The insects become trapped, and are digested by the plant giving it vital nutrients.
Its range includes almost the entire eastern seaboard of the United States, the Great Lakes, and south eastern Canada, making it the only member of the genus that inhabits cold temperate climates. Compact and low growing, this species thrives in bog-like conditions or containers. Zones 4 - 9.