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    I'm excited that at the botanical garden where I work, we are ready to try planting some hardy pitchers in two locations on the ground that we have identifed as being appropriately bog-like. In both places, there is lots of sphagnum growin, they stay wet all summer, get good sun AND have lots of Drosera rotundifolia growing in them.

    I want to start with something that should be a sure bet in regard to hardiness (we are USDA zone 5B)...Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea. Can anyone tell me where I might obtain several of them (10-20) without going broke? I've seen lots for sale, but I don't know the sources, and I'm thinking that I should try to use something more mature than seedlings so they will have time to get settled in before winter. I plan on mulching them with pine needles, at least this coming winter.

    Any suggestion will be appreciated

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    Wish I could help you out. I have several purpurea seedlings. I would like to know the answer to your question myself.

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    What you could do is get less then 20 purps, maybe about 12.....dont forget they will spread and divide quite rapidly
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    I can't help you either. I only have two very nice mature purpurea ssp.purpurea. This northern ssp. grows much slower than its southern couterpart venosa. Just to give you an idea of the difference; my two ssp.purpurea have only sprouted 4 new pitchers each so far this growing season. My venosa has 20!!! The difference is incredible. I haven't located any inexpensive suppliers of ssp.purpurea either. BTW, don't worry about mulching ssp.purpurea. They can naturally withstand anything zone 5 can throw at them.
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