Native Pitcherplants of Florida
Flowering hooded pitcherplant.
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Brown, Megan E., and Debbie L. Miller. 2013. “Native Pitcherplants of Florida: WEC333/UW378, 1/2013”. EDIS 2013 (2). Gainesville, FL.


Pitcherplants are perennial plants with groups of leaves modified into traps or pitchers. They have tubular leaves with lids or hoods at the top that secrete nectar to attract prey. Once insects are on the lip of the pitcher, they can slip on the waxy opening and fall into the plant. This 5-page fact sheet provides descriptions of the ranges, appearance, and flowering of the six pitcherplant species native to Florida. Written by Megan E. Brown and Debbie L. Miller and published by the UF Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, January 2013.  

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Catesby, M. 1754. The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahamas: Volume II. London: Benjamin White Press.

Folkerts, G.W. 1982. “The Gulf Coast Pitcher Plant Bogs.” American Scientist 70(3): 260–267.

Hermann, S. M. 1995. Status and Management of Florida’s Carnivorous Plant Communities. Nongame Wildlife Program project no. GFC-84-033. Tallahassee: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Johnson, E. D. 2001. Pitcherplants and Their Habitats in the Florida State Park System: Resource Conditions, Trends, and Management Needs. Resource Management Evaluation. Tallahassee: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks.

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