Sarracenia leucophylla skirt

Closeup of embroidery. Twice life sized, 3" x 6". Cotton on cotton.

Closeup of embroidery. Twice life sized, 3″ x 6″. Cotton on cotton.

I know a lot of entomologists, as well as a botanist, who want me to embroider bugs and plants instead of all these reptiles. So this week’s project is the white pitcher plant, Sarracenia leucophylla, in skirt form. The idea is to have a large Sarracenia on the edge and then to fill the rest of the skirt with bugs as time goes.

North Carolina is carnivorous plant central. Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula), sundews (Drosera sp.), bladderworts (Pinguicula sp.), butterworts (Uticularia sp.) and LOTS of pitcher plants (Sarracenia sp.) . 35 species according to the North Carolina Native Plant Society. The poor mosquitos. No wait, I hate mosquitos. DIE MOSQUITOS DIE!!!

Sarracenia skirt

Sarracenia leucophylla skirt

Hence the carnivorous garden.  This Sarracenia grows in a whiskey barrel in my front yard, hiding a faucet, along with a S. purpurea, also native to NC, and a Darlingtonia californica, native to California. There are also two tropical pitcher plants (Nepenthes) hanging about but I have NO idea what specie they are.

So, in future posts, I need to write about the basic biology of pitcher plants and also about how to use this soluble canvas stuff that made the skirt possible. Cool. My life is busy and not having to worry about what to write about will be helpful.


“Native carnivorous plants” North Carolina Native Plant Society, available from Accessed May 18, 2014.

“Darlingtonia californica” International Carnivorous Plant Society, available from Accessed May 18, 2014.

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6 Responses to Sarracenia leucophylla skirt

  1. gareth grows those things, sometimes I wonder if I’d get his attentoin more easily if I dressed up as one

  2. Is he growing the same ones? They’re fun to do-lots of veins.

    • hes is literally growing all of them, and all of the pitcher plants as well. the conservatory is full of sarracenia, adn waaay down a the bottom of the garden are two greenhouse full of pitcher plants

  3. That is just cool as spit. Maybe he’d know how to get my nepenthes to put pitchers on again. All I’ve got are piles and piles of leaves.

  4. Yup. Checked every forum I could, and tried the suggestions, still no pitchers. Which is weird cuz I’ve grown carnies for years and have never had issues. Nepenthes do not like me much.

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