The purple pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea), a member of the family Sarraceniaceae, is one of the most common and widely distributed carnivorous plants in North America. It inhabits acidic, nutrient-poor bogs from Labrador south to Alabama and Mississippi, and west to Alberta. Insect prey are lured into its pitcher-shaped leaves, where they drown and are digested by enzymes secreted by the pitcher.
This design requires multiple sheets of paper; squares of assorted sizes for the leaves, and a regular pentagon for the flower. If the largest pitcher leaf is folded from a 6” square, the pentagon should be cut from a square no smaller than 12” to a side. For best results, wet-fold the leaves and flower from a heavier paper such as Canson or elephant hide, and vary the shaping and and angles in the leaf diagrams to obtain a more organic result.
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