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The purple pitcher plan is a North American carnivorous plant in the family Sarraceniaceae, and the only member of its genus inhabiting cold temperate climates. The species was introduced last century in a few protected bog sites in Switzerland, where it has become naturalized.
A protected mountain bog site (les Tenasses), alt. 1250 m ASL. These plants are proliferating there well, possibly at the expense of local swamp species Scheuchzeria palustris.
S. purpurea obtains most of its nutrients through prey capture within the pitcher (pic. 3). Preys drown in rainwater that collects in the base of each leaf.