Talk:Pitcher plant

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Kowloonese 09:40, 6 Jan 2004 (UTC)

Drinking from pitcher plants[edit]

I heard it can be done. But who would want to do that...?Vitriol 02:09, 9 May 2006 (UTC)

Perhaps when you are desperate for liquids. I tasted the liquid inside a pitcher plant, it tastes like rainwater and probably contains some of it too. Jamesino 01:33, 30 October 2006 (UTC)

From (his spelling mistakes) :
"And this dark chalice is the Pitcher-Plant,
Stored with the water of forgetfulness
Whoever drinks of it, whose heart is pure,
Will sleep for aye 'neath foodfull asphodel,
And dream of endless love."
-Tecumseh: A Drama

Carniverous pitcher-plant, native to eastern North America, are so unusual that they were bound to attract interesting folklore. The Native American belief recorded by Charles Mair in his poem Tecumseh (as quoted above) states that to drink water from a pitcher-plant causes erotic dreams or, like water of the Lethe, forgetfulness.
Hope this helps in Vitriol's search for reasons to drink from a pitcher plant. But following up the reference might be a good idea.

A Karley 00:44, 15 September 2007 (UTC)

What is the growing season of the pitcher plant?

There are several different groups of pitcher plants, as the page explains. Nepenthes and Heliamphora are tropical and thus grow all year long, while Sarracenia are temperate and only grow during the spring and summer. --NoahElhardt 04:57, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

Cultivation / Horticulture[edit]

My pitcher plant (genus/ species unknown) is dieing, and I don't know why. Hunting Wikipedia ... and nothing helpful. Can the rest of the web help, I wonder? Nothing very clear ; I suspect that the wife re-potted it into plain peat, instead of something really nutrient-poor. A Karley 00:44, 15 September 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia isn't meant to give lots of growing tips, although some general cultivation information can be found on some of the genus level pages (see Sarracenia and Nepenthes. Try the Carnivorous Plant FAQ. --NoahElhardt 01:06, 15 September 2007 (UTC)

New to this. How do you "prune" a pitcher plant when the pitchers die? Do they regenerate off the same leaf? thanks for anything. BFitz —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:35, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

species which rely on the plant?[edit]

Watching PLanet Earth. It talks about the reb crab spider, which feeds on the dead in the plant, and indicates that as well, a small, blue colored crab lives in the plants. Cna we get a section about that sort of thing? ThuranX (talk) 22:43, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

We have an article on Nepenthes infauna, but I agree that it should probably be mentioned in this article as well. Mgiganteus1 (talk) 03:34, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

Evolution at start?[edit]

I was wondering if the first paragraph, describing the supposed evolutionary process of pitcher plants, should be moved further down so that the reader is first introduced to a basic explanation of the plant (such as in the 2nd paragraph) before being pushed straight into the deep end with specifics. (talk) 17:15, 17 June 2009 (UTC)

I think the scope of this article needs reviewing. I see convergent evolution and early assumptions about systematic arrangements as facts that can be explained here, the charming literary ref above too. Part of the lead might be titled description, or perhaps some other resectioning. Some citations would be grand. cygnis insignis 17:39, 17 June 2009 (UTC)


A variety of the pitcher plant has found its way onto the moors of Derbyshire, England near Froggatt. It's thriving there as the water is very acidic in the peat bogs. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:50, 14 April 2013 (UTC)


1. Highlight the existing environmental factors that lead to the evolution of these specialized pitfall traps.

2. Distinguish the structural difference between the 'Old World' and 'New World' pitcher plants in the genus Nepenthes

3. The varying degrees of visco-elasticity (waxiness) between pitcher plants; relative investment (cost-benefit) of trapping mechanism in comparison to photosynthesis. Coale.6 (talk) 02:00, 1 October 2014 (UTC)coale.6