Caption: Yellow Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia flava) is a native wetland carnivorous plant that is in bloom on Pocosin Lakes National Refuge. The plants on Pocosin Lakes Refuge are growing in muck soils that are many feet deep and saturated to the surface year-round. Pitcher plants in other locations grow on mineral soils (sand, silt & clay) that are saturated to the surface year-round. Pitcher plants are tall slippery tube-shaped, with digestive liquid into which unsuspecting insects fall and cannot escape - providing the plant with needed growth nutrients.
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of six national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available.