It was nice on Saturday and I decided to visit the only spot I know of in Adams County, PA that has Sarracenia purpurea growing.
I found out about this site from a coworker that has a cabin in the area. He told me he found it in the 1970's while hiking. In 2006 I made my first visit to the site. When I visited I took 5-8 seeds and got 2 to germinate.
My last trip to the area was in 2008. The main clump was doing great and found 2 to 3 plants that where looking bad form light starvation. Now they are much worse and debating about moving them around 150 yards away to an area that gets sun.
When I got there Saturday, I was shocked because the clump was much smaller and had more dead pitchers around the plants then I have seen before. The dead pitchers might be because of the bad winter we had. Upon closer inspection of the Sarracenia purpurea, it certainly looks like a large hole in the ground where someone / something took the largest clump of plants. Sad.
Here are some pics from my trip.
These pictures where taken in May 2008.
The main clump of plants
Individual plant growing within 15' of the main clump of plants.
Pictures from May 2010.
Main clump of plants. To the right of my hand is where I could see a little bigger then softball size hole.
This is what the poor looking plants below are growing under.
A little video from my cheap recorder I bought. I did not buy a good one so when I drop it in the water of break it when hiking I will not mind so much.
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Here is 1 of the Sarracenia purpurea I grow from seed from this site.