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Darlingtonia californica
Darlingtonia californica

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For the experienced grower!
Price: $44.95
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Item Number:: 16012

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General Description
Darlingtonia is the most enigmatic carnivorous plant in cultivation, even for us! Many growers often go through a period of experimentation to figure out the best growing method for their particular growing conditions. Here are a few factors that will increase your success of this cold hardy perennial:
  • Pour water over the top and allow the water to drain through completely. Do this once or twice daily during the summer.
  • Nighttime temperature drop into the 60s if days are warm (above 85°F).
  • Change the soil every spring.
  • Have an adventurous attitude.

Plants You Receive
Plants are shipped potted with proper growing media (peat moss and perlite) and topped dressed with live sphagnum moss for ease of top watering. Each plant is a division from select mother plants in our collection.

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.

Natural Habitat
Mountains of Southern Oregon and Northern California.

Size of Adult Plants
12-18 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.

Growing Season
Early season grower, April - September.

Winter Care
Hardy of winter frost. Mulch in USDA zones 7 and colder.
Serpents of the Siskiyous

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Bigger than expected May 15, 2018
Reviewer: Nick M from Milwaukie, OR United States  
I finally got my hands on my first darlingtonia, and it was a very healthy plant, as usual with SNW.  I was pleasantly surprised to get a plant with around ten 4-6 inch pitchers. I have seen smaller plants with higher price tags, so you will not be disappointed purchasing here.

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Beautiful and strange May 14, 2018
Reviewer: Liv Rainey-Smith from Portland, OR United States  
I'm deeply excited to finally have a Darlingtonia californica in my garden, and I'm thrilled with how well it's doing! My plant arrived about a month ago, very well packaged with clear instructions on opening it. After speaking to a member of Sarracenia Northwest's staff at a garden event, I repotted it into a large shallow plastic bowl  which I drilled holes into about an inch from the bottom. I did this because although it would have been okay in the pot it shipped in, Portland has had some hot summers recently. Since I don't yet have an automatic watering system I've been watering it once or twice a day (when it isn't raining) until the water trickles out of the holes. So far 3 new pitchers have begun developing and the overall health of the plant appears to be excellent. I'm glad I waited until this species became available through Sarracenia  Northwest -- their quality is always outstanding!

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Great specimen May 10, 2018
Reviewer: Erik Gold from Sonora , CA United States  
I received this plant in very good health already showing signs of spring growth. I know that Darlingtonia can be picky but I'm hoping I can be successful with such a good looking plant.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
The trick to growing in Mid Atlantic May 19, 2014
Reviewer: Matthew Hodges from Stafford, VA United States  
I use a shallow dish like pot, a layer of lava rocks and over that the usual mix of pearlite and peat moss. Then elevate the dish on a stand off the ground so the water drains away from the roots.  Hot weather I melt a few cubes of purified water near the growing point.  The Butterworts like to grow with the Cobra plants.

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  0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Darlingtonia californica May 17, 2014
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from estes park, CO United States  

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