Sarracenia purpurea f. heterophylla
Yellow pitcher plant
Image of Sarracenia purpurea f. heterophylla

Photo by Phyllis Higman 

Key Characteristics

Small forb of open bogs; plants identical to the common pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea) but greenish-yellow throughout the leaves and flowers, completely lacking in red pigment, even when growing in open, sunny conditions.

Status and Rank

  • State Status: T
  • State Rank: S1
  • Global Rank: G5T1T2Q


County NameNumber of OccurrencesYear Last Observed
Distribution map for Sarracenia purpurea f. heterophylla

Updated 5/15/2018. Information is summarized from MNFI's database of rare species and community occurrences. Data may not reflect true distribution since much of the state has not been thoroughly surveyed.


Yellow pitcher-plant grows in acid bogs in northern Lower Michigan. It may also be found in interdunal areas along northern Lake Huron.

Natural Community Types


For each species, lists of natural communities were derived from review of the nearly 6,500 element occurrences in the MNFI database, in addition to herbarium label data for some taxa. In most cases, at least one specimen record exists for each listed natural community. For certain taxa, especially poorly collected or extirpated species of prairie and savanna habitats, natural community lists were derived from inferences from collection sites and habitat preferences in immediately adjacent states (particularly Indiana and Illinois). Natural communities are not listed for those species documented only from altered or ruderal habitats in Michigan, especially for taxa that occur in a variety of habitats outside of the state.

Natural communities are not listed in order of frequency of occurrence, but are rather derived from the full set of natural communities, organized by Ecological Group. In many cases, the general habitat descriptions should provide greater clarity and direction to the surveyor. In future versions of the Rare Species Explorer, we hope to incorporate natural community fidelity ranks for each taxon.

Associated Plants

Sphagnum moss, sedges, leatherleaf, bog rosemary, wild calla, round leaved sundew, cotton grass, swamp-laurel, large cranberry, small cranberry, three-leaved false Solomon's seal, yellow lady's slipper, showy lady's slipper, Labrador tea, heart-leaved twayblade, and blunt-leaf orchid, black spruce, chokecherry, larch, marsh fern, pitcher-plant, and bog birch.


This species primarily requires perpetuation of hydrological regime and protection of habitat. Prevention of woody plant encroachment is also beneficial, as is the prevention of agricultural field run-off.

General Survey Guidelines

Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgment of the investigator.

Survey Methods

Page Citation

Michigan Natural Features Inventory. 2007. Rare Species Explorer (Web Application). Available online at [Accessed Jul 20, 2018]

More Information

See MNFI Species Abstract


Survey References

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