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Sarracenia purpurea var. venosa 'Burkii,' commonly known as the Burkii Purple Pitcher Plant, is a captivating carnivorous plant native to North America. Known for its distinct pitcher-shaped leaves and unique adaptations for capturing insects, this species can be an exciting addition to a terrarium. Here's a care sheet to help you cultivate Sarracenia purpurea 'Burkii' successfully:

Light: Place Sarracenia purpurea 'Burkii' in a terrarium with bright, indirect light. These plants require plenty of sunlight to thrive. Provide access to natural sunlight or use artificial lighting such as high-output fluorescent lights or LED grow lights. Aim for 6-8 hours of light per day.

Temperature: Maintain a temperature range of 60-75°F (15-24°C) during the day and slightly cooler temperatures at night. Sarracenia purpurea 'Burkii' prefers cooler conditions, mimicking its native habitat.

Humidity: While Sarracenia purpurea is adapted to lower humidity than some other carnivorous plants, maintain a moderate level of humidity within the terrarium (around 40-60%). The plant will still benefit from the additional moisture in the air.

Substrate: Use a well-draining, acidic substrate for Sarracenia purpurea 'Burkii.' A mix of sphagnum moss and perlite or a specialized carnivorous plant mix is suitable. Keep the substrate consistently moist but not waterlogged. Ensure good aeration for the roots.

Water: Use purified water, such as distilled or rainwater, to keep the substrate consistently moist. Sarracenia purpurea 'Burkii' is sensitive to mineral content, so avoid tap water. Maintain a shallow tray of water at the bottom of the terrarium to provide additional humidity.

Feeding: Sarracenia purpurea 'Burkii' is a carnivorous plant that attracts, traps, and digests insects for nutrients. Allow the plant to catch its prey naturally. In a terrarium setting, additional feeding may not be necessary if insects are naturally available.


  • Remove any dead or decaying pitchers regularly to maintain the plant's overall health.
  • Keep an eye out for pests, especially spider mites, which can occasionally affect pitcher plants. Remove pests manually or use insecticidal soap if necessary.

Terrarium Placement: Position Sarracenia purpurea 'Burkii' in a location with bright, filtered light within the terrarium. Allow space for the plant to produce its characteristic pitchers. The pitcher-shaped leaves are both functional and decorative, adding an intriguing element to the terrarium.

By following these care instructions, you can create an optimal environment for Sarracenia purpurea var. venosa 'Burkii' in your terrarium, replicating the conditions of its native North American habitat. Enjoy the unique beauty and carnivorous nature of this fascinating pitcher plant.

Sarracenia - Burkii Purple Pitcher Plant - purpurea var. venosa

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