Northern Purple Pitcher Plant
Bog in Maine, USA
Just about anywhere in the northeastern US with large sphagnum bogs, you can find the purple pitcher plant! The plants have downward-facing hairs on the lip of the pitcher which make it difficult for insects to hold on, falling into liquid-filled pitchers where they drown and decay into nutrients useful to the plant! I am amazed by plants that have adapted to killing and eating animal life. Take a closer look at any plant and see what odd hairs they have on them; they can appear to be prickly, soft and others are sticky and smelly!