Although it was not declared the provincial flower of Newfoundland and Labrador until 1954,
this strange plant appeared on the new Newfoundland penny during the late 1880s. The Pitcher
Plant, also called Sarracenis Purpurea, is found primarily in bogs and marshland
throughout the province. It has one large wine-red flower with a red and gold centre and hollow
pitcher-shaped leaves which are attached to the base of the stem. As an insectivorous plant, it
feeds off the insects which become trapped inside the leaves when they fill with water.
Photo reproduced by permission of Ben Hansen. From Ben Hansen, Newfoundland
(St. John's, Newfoundland: Vinland Press, ©1987). Description based on Joan Rusted, Tolerable
Good Anchorage: A Capsule History of St. John's, Newfoundland (St. John's, Newfoundland: Creative
Publishers, ©1995) 92.