Zen and the Art of Gardening

Parrot Pitcher Plant

Phyllostachys nidularia

Height: 6′
Cold Resistance: 5F.
Light:Sun to moderate shad

The sleaves resemble narrow tubes having a wing on the side facing the center of the plant.  Mature plants have leaves with a balloon-like reddish-purple hood with a beak-like opening resembling a parrot head, hence the common name.  The tubular pitchers are horizontal to the ground and form a rosette.  These downward facing hoods on mature leaves act like a “lobster trap” to eat insects.  Attracted by the plants’ nectar, insects enter the hooded area.

Sarracenia psittacina Parrot Pitcher plant

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