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Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia spp.

Also known as

Trumpet Pitcher Plant

Sarraceniaceae - Sarracenia minor-1 by Hectonichus (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6-H4

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

10cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A photo of Pitcher Plant
A photo of Pitcher Plant

Overview

Sarracenia is a genus containing around 9 insectivorous perennials, with some evergreen species. Characteristic modified leaves produce nectar and form hollow pitcher structures with hooded tops like a lid. These are adapted to wet, nutrient-poor soils and they consume insects that fall into the pitchers for nutrition. Flowers vary across species, but these are generally ornate, produced on leafless stems and slightly nodding. Originating from boggy, acidic environments, members of this genus are widely grown by carnivorous plant enthusiasts and gardeners, with several hybrid cultivars commercially available and commonly found in garden centres across North America and Europe.

Common problems

Propagation

Division

Divide in spring.

Seed

Sow in spring after cold stratification for two weeks.

Special Features

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Wet sites