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    Today I went over to a local bog preserve near my house, expecting to see some neat bog wildlife and such. I wandered into the visitor's center and asked if they knew of any carnivorous plants growing in the area.

    The nice lady got all excited and said "oh yes indeedy, there are some Sarracenia Purpurea growing by post 8." She told me exactly how to locate them and where they were, so I began the hike with my camera, very excited.

    As I approached post 8 I looked all around and sure enough there were 3 beautiful purps growing with 2 to 3 huge flowers and about 30 to 40 pitchers per plant! All of the pitchers were pretty filled up with water. It was amazing to see them growing in the wild like this, I had never seen it before, because I live in northern Illinois and it is not the exact place you would think of this plant to grow.

    I had no Idea their were Carnivorous plants growing in the wild near my house. I was just wondering if anyone else here had bog preserves like this around them? If so where? I was just curious to see where these plants thrive in the wild, and I was really curious to see where VFT's grow in the wild? Just thought I'd share my exciting adventure with everyone [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    I envy you! I've never seen Sarracenia in the wild.. did you get any pictures?
    As far as having seen CP's in the wild... I've seen 4 different species growing in my backyard (7 acres of swamp), and I've managed to locate all of Alaska's native CP's this summer.
    Unfortunately I don't have many photographs scanned yet though.

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    Yes I took pictures, though I don't have a scanner, my friend does. I am going to develop the pictures and use his scanner ASAP, so hopefully I can post the pics soon.

    What kind of CP's did you see growing in AK Purplesundew? What are the native CP's in Alaska?
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    Dfalkanger,
    COOL!!!
    I wish there were bog preserves near me. To answer your question about VFT's they are native to N. Carolina. I think within a 100 mile radius of Wilmington? Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Schloaty,
    I think you're right about the VFTs.
    BTW, where are you? I think I recall something about you being in NY, or am I confused? If you are, there are a few good bogs around.

    I saw my first wild S. purpurea about a month ago, they are an amazing sight, expecially with D. rotundifolia and D. intermedia all around them. There even was a pair of Lincoln's sparrows there. I've seen at least three species of Utricularia this year also, amazing how easily it is overlooked, even when it is filling a pond.

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    dfalkanger- I've seen U. vulgaris, P. villosa, D. anglica, and D. rotundifolia growing wild on my property. They were all there when I moved in and I haven't done anything but photograph them since. It's interesting to watch the evolution of a lake. It's slowly being filled in by sphagnum and the edges of the sphagnum are slowly being filled in by grass and trees etc...
    According to the books Alaska has:
    U. vulgaris, U. minor, U. intermedia, P. villosa, P. vulgaris, D. anglica, and D. rotundifolia.... I've seen all of them in the wild [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    dfalkanger, hi!!!!!!!! i live in chicago! where abouts ar you? and where is this bog??! we should hook up, i have a digital camera, i can take pics, and email them to you! im so excited, i have a fellow cp'er in my home state!! hehehehe! heres my email address: ccrider1016@hotmail.com, do you use terrariums? well, i really would love to see these plants, i have a car, and i can travel [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] hehe!

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    Hi ccrider1016!! I am far northern Illinois, like 5 minutes from Wisconsin. That would be cool if you came up to see the bog, you could see my plants too. If it's not that far I would say it is definatley worth seeing. Where are you from? The bog is in Volo Illinois, I do not use terrariums, I grow my plants outside in a small greenhouse. I don't have like a huge walk in set up with like thousands of plants, but it serves me well, and my plants seem to be very happy. I have a few nice pitcher plants, bunch of VFT's, a dead nepenthes, butterwort, and a few sundews. Anyway throw me an E-mail if you want ccrider dfreez540@aol.com Talk to ya later.


    P.S. I just wanted to say to Purplesundew, that is awesome that you have seen all those growing in their native habitat, I hope someday I too will be able to see more CP's growing in the wild.
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