Pitcher Plants

This week’s episode of Plain Gardening takes place in the Splinter Hill Bog near Rabun in Baldwin County.  Gardening expert Bill Finch says this is one of the most diverse and prolific wildflower areas in the United States…there’s almost nothing like it.

One of the interesting things about Splinter Hill is that this is one of the great centers of carnivorous plants in the world.  Beautiful pitcher plants look like flowers—but they’re not.  The flowers have long since bloomed, and what’s left are leaves that look deceptively like flowers.  This disguise can fool people—but it’s designed to fool insects.  IT’S A TRAP!  Insects enter looking for nectar, and the plant eats them.  These pitcher plants have bugs in them.

There are about two dozen different types of carnivorous plants in Splinter Hill Bog.  The bog soil lacks certain nutrients that bugs help supply.  Oh, and the abundance of light in the bog aids in creating plant diversity.

Learn more about Splinter Hill Bog at The Nature Conservancy website TNC.org, and learn more about gardening by calling Bill’s radio show Sunday mornings from 9-11 on 106.5FM.

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