Some first-time growers often mistaken the hooded pitcher, Sarracenia minor, as a cobra plant (Darlingtonia californica).
Both plants have a hood that hides the opening of the pitcher. Their
pitchers also have white spots on the backside, which confuses insects
into thinking that is the way out. Fortunately, the hooded pitcher is
much easier to grow and is much more forgiving of mistakes than the
This plant appreciates warm summer nights and a long
growing season. If you live where summer is relatively mild, like at
our nursery in Oregon, you will need a good dose of patience. With the
right growing conditions, you will get to enjoy yellow flowers in mid to
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.
Please watch the monthly video podcast
for examples of how your plant may look at this time of the year and important growing tips for the season.
Type of Plant
Cold hardy perennial for outdoor growing.
Central Florida through North Carolina.
Size of Adult Plants
12-16 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.