While the adapted leaves of the Pitcher Plant get all the attention, the flowers also look pretty neat. During my recent visit to the bog, I had heard that the flowers were out so I wanted to get a good shot. A couple of guys were interested in what I was doing so I explained the biology of Pitcher Plant and that I wanted to find the flower. Interested, they set off on the hunt for the prize. Three-quarters of the way along the boardwalk, I had only seen the leaves so I was worried I had missed it. Further along, the two guys were successful and excitedly got my attention. Sure enough, there were dozens of conspicuous flowers suddenly punctuating the shrubby matrix.
I heard this sometime ago but cannot remember the author or the exact quote – To know a plant or animal by name is like recognizing an old friend.