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Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia spp.

Also known as

Huntsman horn

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

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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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. Often coloured purple-red or green-yellow. 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 with Pitcher Plant

How to propagate Pitcher Plant


Divide in spring.


Sow in spring after cold stratification for two weeks.

Special features of Pitcher Plant

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Wet sites

Other uses of Pitcher Plant

Insect catchers (insectivorous).

Carnivorous Plants

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