Sarracenia / Pitcher Plants

sarraceniadanasdelight (299x300)Sarracenia x ‘Dana’s Delight’ – This hybrid Pitcher Plant is a cross between two species, Sarracenia leucophylla and S. willisii. The pitcher and hood are quite ornate with a green base and burgundy-red veining (sharply contrasted by white) on the top edge and hood. When the sun shines, it looks like a piece of stained glass. Grows 18-24″ high by 12-15″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

sarraceniaminor (300x300)Sarracenia minor – The Hooded Pitcher Plant is native from North Carolina down to Florida and this species prefers full sun exposures. It bears large yellow flowers in late spring and there is also a giant form (var. okefenokeensis or ‘Okee Giant’) with pitchers reaching 3-4′ high. The pitchers are green with red tinting and white dots. Grows 10-16″ high by 12-14″. Zone 8.

saraflava (300x293)Sarracenia flava var. maxima – This variety of Pitcher Plant has pure yellow pitchers, with no red tinting. They can be grown in a minimum 18″ wide plastic or glazed ceramic container with no drain holes, and a soil medium of 2-3 parts sphagnum peat moss to 1 part washed sand. Prefers part to full sun and no additional fertilizer. Grows 18-24″ high by 12-18″ wide. Zone 5.

sararubra (300x293)Sarracenia rosea – This species of Pitcher Plant was once thought to be a variety of S. purpurea, but differs with its pink flowers and thicker pitcher lid. It is one of the easiest Sarracenia to grow and tolerates partial shade well. This temperate species also requires a dormant period (3 months) and is best grown in a container as described above. Pitchers grow to 6″ high. Hardy to zone 7.

sarawrig300Sarracenia x wrigleyana ‘Scarlet Belle’ – A vigorous growing hybrid between Sarracenia psittacina and S. leucophylla. It features distinct parrot-head pitchers which are white with heavy red veining. This cultivar colours better when exposed to sun. It is a deliberate cross or hybrid that was cloned for production. Grows 12-16″ high by 15″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

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