After last spring’s paintbrush pollination, shiny ebony seeds dropped in sphagnum become traps poised to ensnare what the pitchers above can’t.
Hooded Pitcher Plant
Hooded Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia minor
Our classroom’s resident Sarracenia minor spends the summer at home on the porch. Although our classroom windows provide ample sunlight for plants on the sill (and a spectacular view of the butterfly garden), these carnivorous classmates don’t get much protein during the school year.