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    Michigan Pitcher Plants

    So I was wandering around in a wooded area out behind my work during lunch one day and stumbled across a pitcher plant that I have no idea what is. I know purpurea purpurea live in Michigan but this plant does not look at all like one. I'm going to try and get some pictures of them (It's about a one acre lot full of them and a bunch of other plants and trees) if I ever remember to take my camara to work.

    But the question is does anyone know what type of pitchers live in Lower Michigan?


    A small description of what they look like
    They're a lite green almost yellow color.
    They had 3 large leaves and only one pitcher per plant that I saw.

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    In the woods?
    Most likely you were seeing 'Jack-in-the-Pulpit" (Arisaema triphyllum), the flower spathe is sometimes confused with a pitcher. It also has 3 leaves on each leaflet. Sarracenia purpurea grows in Michigan, but I believe you saw the former plant.

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    Ok thank you

    That is what it was.

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    I meant to say "3 leaflets on each leaf" above.
    ANYWAY, still a really neat plant!! I grow these in my garden, and the spathe color, size, etc. is very variable from plant to plant. There are also a number of Asian species of Arisaema being introduced to the gardening world in recent years. There is a good book on Arisaema by Guy Guzman, worth looking at.

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    Woodnative is correct. There are no other Sarracenia that grow in the wild in Michigan. Unless, of course, someone introduced it there.

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    Thank you for the good info. Since I know they're not endangered now, I may have to go dig a couple up =)

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