PURPLE PITCHER PLANT:  Sarracenia Purpurea ssp. venosa (Heavy veined) for sale | Buy carnivorous plants and seeds online @ South Africa's leading online plant nursery, Cultivo Carnivores
PURPLE PITCHER PLANT:  Sarracenia Purpurea ssp. venosa (Heavy veined) for sale | Buy carnivorous plants and seeds online @ South Africa's leading online plant nursery, Cultivo Carnivores
PURPLE PITCHER PLANT:  Sarracenia Purpurea ssp. venosa (Heavy veined) for sale | Buy carnivorous plants and seeds online @ South Africa's leading online plant nursery, Cultivo Carnivores

PURPLE PITCHER PLANT: Sarracenia Purpurea ssp. venosa (Heavy veined)


▶️ Which size?:

Medium (7-10cm in summer)
X-Large (13-15cm in summer)
XX-Large (15cm+ in summer)
X-Large (15cm+ in summer)

▶️ Bareroot or potted?:

Bareroot (not potted)

▶️ Currently available: Dormant rhizome (cut pitchers)

Dormant rhizome (cut pitchers)

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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Ulrich Nauhaus

I am very disappointed with the plants. I recon 3 of the 6 are dead. Cobra Lily
Trumpet pitcher
Purple pitcher
All looks dead.

Admin: Hi, Ulrich. Thank you for the feedback. I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t have our intended awesome unboxing experience. Please allow me to restore your faith in these remarkable plants: temperate plants (such as those you mentioned) are summer growing and die back to almost soil level during the colder months, storing their energy in the underground bulb (called the rhizome) to come back bigger and stronger during the growing season. Cultivo is open year round and temperate plants during this time are sold as winterbulbs and/or dormant rhizomes with cut pitchers as seen in the description and pics provided.

Don’t give up on them yet - Follow the guidelines provided in the reference guide and progress update emails - growing season is fast approaching, and given proper care they’ll be back in full swing in a couple of weeks. Happy growing!

Read more on what to expect from temperate plants during winter dormancy in our FAQ section below⬇️

Illoné Cordier-Anderson
Excited and so beautiful 🤩

Great service from the team as always. Well packaged 👍🏻

Diane Ah Sing

The plants arrived and packaged so well so no damage😁. My daughter absolutely loved them, thank you


PURPLE PITCHER PLANT: Sarracenia Purpurea ssp. venosa (Heavy veined)

Darian-Lee Boucher
Purpurea ssp. Venosa

😁very healthy amazing little plant , the colours are amazing

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Thrills of Frills

  • Species:  Sarracenia
  • Sarracenia Purpurea ssp. Venosa is a North American Pitcher plant that forms fat stocky clumps of vibrant coloured pitchers
  • Easy on the eye, this heavy veined variety produces frilly lidded pitchers with strong red veins.  Bright summer light turns pitchers almost completely red
  • Sarracenia Purpurea is also known as the purple pitcher plant and obtains their nutrients by use of a pitfall trap.  The pitfall trap is exactly what you are thinking - the pitcher forms a pit into which prey fall, and once inside, the insect cannot escape. The bottom of the pit is often filled with water which causes insects to drown, which then sinks to the bottom.  Insects are then digested by enzymes, bacterial action or other small organisms
  • In general, purple pitcher plants are some of the easiest carnivorous plants to grow and will be a fantastic addition to any carnivore plant enthusiast's ultimate collection
  • Whether you prefer starting off with a younger plant and watch it grow into full majestic glory over the years or jumping in with more munch, right from the get go, we've got you covered!  Cultivo is all about choices and our plants are available in various sizes and options to suit your every need.  These are 3 year old (4-5cm across) to 6+ years (near-flowering size) plants, sold either bareroot or already potted in our deluxe carnivorous plant soil to take the hassle out of repotting and acclimatisation.  Simply unwrap, add water and enjoy! 
  • ❗ Winter dormancy:
    • During the autumn and winter months, purple pitcher plants are cut back to almost soil level and are sold as dormant rhizomes without pitchers
    • Plant sizes as indicated will be evident during the growing season (summertime)
    • Should you be unfamiliar with this plant species, head over to our FAQ section for more information on what to expect when ordering plants in the sarracenia genus during the colder months >> Temperate plants and winter dormancy:  What to expect   


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Potted vs Bareroot

Trumpet pitcher plants * Packaging and Shipping procedure * How will you receive your plant?


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Purple pitcher plants will thrive if their basic needs (sun and water) are met and are excellent candidates for beginner carnivorous plant enthusiasts

  • Generally, plants in the sarracenia family will thrive outdoors.  Grow your plant in a sunny spot, year round, for strong growth and ultimate colouration
  • In Gauteng, we recommend growing purple pitchers in full sun (or at the very least) 6 hours morning sun.  Note that during summertime soil may become very hot and plants may overheat during heatwaves.  During these spells, protect your plant from the harsh afternoon sun


  • Purple pitcher plants are native to wetland areas, for this reason soil are to be kept moist all the time. Top-watering is fine too and because of the open pitcher design, rain water often collect in pitchers
  • Low-mineral water is highly recommended and we use distilled- or reverse osmosis water, when rainwater is scarce
  • Fluctuate the water level to air the roots by letting the tray dry in between waterings, but never let the plant itself dry out completely


  • Carnivorous plants are self-sufficient hunters and have adapted to catch and digest their own food.  Purple pitchers are plants, therefor their growing energy is derived from the sun via photosynthesis (Your plant will not die due to starvation)
  • During the growing season they will lure, catch and digest their own insects which acts as a type of fertiliser. Never feed your pitcher plant hamburger meat, viennas, biltong, braaivleis, milk or vegetables (Let me know if I left something out 😂 )


  • Do not fertilise your plant and only use sphagnum-peat based plant soil, which is low in minerals. Compost, coco peat, palm peat and regular garden variety potting soil contain salts and minerals that will kill your plant
  • We recommend repotting purple pitcher plants yearly, into fresh carnivorous plant soil, at the end of winter dormancy


  • Plants of the sarracenia family, which include purple pitcher plants, are sun-loving temperate plants which means they grow actively during summertime, and die back significantly during the winter months when the daylight period is shorter
  • Please note that in order to display individual characteristics, images mostly represent mature plants in full summer growth cultivated in optimal conditions
    • During winter dormancy pitchers usually die off partially (halfway) or in some cases entirely.  Plants will appear smaller and present with dry (dying) pitchers during and a couple of weeks after the dormancy period in the colder months of the year (Usually May to October)
    • New growth will sprout during springtime, once your plant has settled into its new environment 


  • This is a lot to digest, but following this guide we trust that your plant will thrive in your care.  Below is a quick reference guide on growing a happy and healthy purple pitcher plant

    How to care for your trumpet pitcher plant


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    • Just a quick heads-up: since plants are natural products, you might notice some slight variations when unboxing your plants
    • We do our best to make sure the plants you receive look like the ones in the photos, but keep in mind that seasons change and plants grow. Some leaves might fall off, new ones might sprout, and the plants may look a bit different over time
    • 99% of what we sell are one-of-a-kind collector items, so you will receive the exact plant pictured. The labels are spot on, so even if the plant looks a bit different, we 100% guarantee it's the real deal. Also, all the photos you see are of our own plants unless we mention otherwise. We update images occasionally to keep things fresh. If you want to see updated pictures before you buy, just let us know – we're happy to help!