Bog plants bloom!

Carnivorous plants in the bog garden in bloom.
July 31, 2020

The new Bog Garden outside the Succulent House showcases carnivorous plants. Among these are pitcher plants and Venus flytraps.

Greenhouse assistant and horticulturist extraordinaire, Dan Babineau, has recently installed the bog garden on the south side of Lyman Plant House. Here you can see a mix of Sarracenia, or trumpet pitchers. Sarracenia, the North American pitcher plants, are native to the US Gulf Coast states and all along the East Coast, from Eastern Texas through to Florida, and north through the New England states and even into the Southern provinces of Canada. ⁠⠀
The "pitchers" on these plants are actually modified leaves (aren't they amazing?). ⁠Sarracenia are described as carnivorous plants because they trap and kill insects (e.g., flies, ants, beetles) and similar prey (e.g., spiders) by luring them into trumpet-shaped pitchers where the insects become trapped and die. Nutrients from the decayed bodies are absorbed by the plant as nourishment through special cells located at the base of each pitcher.⁠⠀

Bogs are one of four main types of  wetlands, some of which are solely fed by rain water. They accumulate dead plant material (peat) and act as a carbon sink. 
Bogs are also refered to as  mires, mosses, quagmires, and muskegs; alkaline mires are called fens.
Home to distinctive varieties of animals, plants and fungi, bogs are highly important to biodiversity.