Red Bug is part of the Sarracenia Little Bug Series produced by Dr. Larry Mellichamp of University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Other hybrids in the series include Doodle Bug, June Bug, and Lady Bug. The actual parentage of Red Bug is S. rubra ssp. rubra x rubra ssp. wherryi. It's red pitchers are slightly curved and form a dense clump. Look for its best pitchers in late summer and early fall.
Plants You Receive
Plants are shipped in 4-inch pots with proper growing media. Each plant is a division from select mother plants in our collection. Pitchers are expected to reach 8 inches during their first season after division.
All cold hardy plants are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon and experience the changes of the seasons. Care instructions are provided.
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Type of Plant
Cold hardy perennial for outdoor growing.
Size of Adult Plants
8-12 inches tall.
Full sun, 6 or more hours of direct sunlight.
Use mineral-free water or water low in minerals (less than 50 parts per million). Keep the soil wet by setting the plant in a dish of standing water.
Use 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite (or washed river sand). Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost.
April - October. Pitchers will brown at the onset of winter dormancy.
Hardy of winter frost. Mulch in USDA zones 7 and colder.