Video: Pitcher Plants Blooming at Pensacola's Tarkiln Bayou State Park
Now this is something that I've been wanting to see in person for a long time and I finally got a chance on my recent visit to Pensacola - rare white-topped pitcher plants in bloom!
There are very few places in Florida to see these plants and one of the best and most accessible locations is at Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park (www.floridastateparks.org/park/Tarkiln-Bayou) in Pensacola. Pitcher plants are carnivorous luring their prey into the pitcher using a combination of fragrance nectar and bright colors. The prey usually a fly or something similar falls into the pitcher where it becomes a hearty lunch for the plant! Here's a video of the pitcher plants in action - don't worry no flies were harmed in the making of this film. They all flew away to safety -- this time.