Special Collections


NCBG - Carnivorous Plant Collection

Our carnivorous plant collection is known as one of the best in the Southeast. Numerous species of pitcher plants, sundews, and butterworts are found in the southeastern United States as are Venus' flytraps. These are cultivated in five raised beds. In addition to the carnivorous plants, these beds include some of the showier plants commonly found in pitcher plant bogs such as orchids, meadow beauties, and the pine lily. The centerpiece of this space is a sculpture depicting the prey of pitcher plants and honoring the late Rob Gardner, the developer and original curator of the collection.

Last Update: 2018-10-30

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scientific common duration habit height thumb detail
Asclepias lanceolata Few-flower Milkweed Perennial Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Calopogon tuberosus Common Grass-pink Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
Dionaea muscipula Venus Flytrap Perennial Forb/herb 6-10 in. detail
Drosera filiformis Threadleaf Sundew Perennial Forb/herb 3-12 in. detail
Drosera intermedia Spoonleaf Sundew Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 in. detail
Drosera rotundifolia Roundleaf Sundew Perennial Forb/herb 3-12 in. detail
Drosera tracyi Tracy’s Sundew Perennial Forb/herb to 18 inches detail
Erigeron vernus Early Whitetop Fleabane Perennial Forb/herb 18-24 in. detail
Lilium catesbaei Pine Lily Perennial Forb/herb 1-3 ft. detail
Lysimachia asperulifolia Roughleaf Loosestrife Perennial Forb/herb 1-2 1/2 ft. detail
Macbridea caroliniana Carolina Birds-in-a-nest Perennial Forb/herb detail
Marshallia grandiflora Appalachian Barbara’s-buttons Perennial Forb/herb 59-89 cm detail
Pogonia ophioglossoides Rose Pogonia Perennial Forb/herb 4-20 in. detail
Polygala lutea Orange Milkwort Biennial Forb/herb 6-12 in. detail
Sabatia kennedyana Plymouth Gentian Perennial Forb/herb detail
Sarracenia alabamensis ssp. wherryi Wherry’s Pitcherplant detail
Sarracenia flava Yellow Pitcherplant Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Sarracenia jonesii Mountain Sweet Pitcherplant detail
Sarracenia leucophylla Whitetop Pitcherplant Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb 2-3 ft. detail
Sarracenia oreophila Green Pitcherplant Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb detail
Sarracenia psittacina Parrot Pitcherplant Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb to 6 in. detail
Sarracenia purpurea Northern Purple Pitcherplant Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb detail
Sarracenia purpurea var. venosa Southern Purple Pitcherplant Perennial Forb/herb to 14 in. detail
Sarracenia rubra Sweet Pitcherplant Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb to 16 in. detail
Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis Alabama Canebrake Pitcherplant Perennial Subshrub, Forb/herb detail
Spiranthes cernua Nodding Ladies’-tresses Perennial Forb/herb 5-16 in. detail
Thalictrum cooleyi Cooley’s Meadow-rue Perennial Forb/herb detail
Vaccinium macrocarpon Large Cranberry Perennial Subshrub, Shrub 6 in. detail