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Sarracenia alata Dark
Sarracenia alata Dark

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Price: $28.95
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Item Number:: 11822

General Description

A red-black deviation amongst a classically yellow-green species, Sarracenia alata "Dark" is hardly an ugly duckling. Much sought after in all carnivorous plant collections, this gorgeous and colorful variety of the common pale pitcher has been used to great effect in producing prestigious hybrids for ornamental horticulture. We are very proud to offer it for sale.

Spring and early summer pitchers are narrow and gracile representations of the more mature late-season traps. Upon opening, the pitchers are greenish yellow with stark red veins on the exterior and interior of the trap. By midsummer, these veins are suffused with a pigment so dark it's almost black, said to be the only Sarracenia to have this color. The black coloration extends down the trap to the lower portions before fading to red or green. Traps may randomly maintain their lime-green lip, contrasting fantastically with the dark tones of the rest of pitcher. Rarely, some plants bear a hint of white fuzz along the tube, creating an eye-catching sheen on an already dramatic plant.

The largest pitchers occur in late summer. These are bigger and more robust then those grown in spring, and express a prominent throat bulge characteristic of the species as a whole.

This variety of S. alata grows best where the sun is bright, the nights are hot, and the growing season is long. That's when you'll get to see the true potential of this plant.

Sarracenia alata "Dark" is botanically known as S. alata v. nigrapurpurea.
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 8-12 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 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.

Size of Adult Plants
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.

Growing Season
April - October. Pitchers will brown at the onset of winter dormancy.

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

Average Rating: Average Rating: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 4 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Stunning and healthy Sarracenia! October 6, 2019
Reviewer: Jen T. from Wimberley, TX United States  
Hello again! Only my second plant order but wow! This Sarracenia is absolutely gorgeous, healthy and not to mention very big! Since planting in my mini bog it has put on 3 new pitchers in a month. Very much recommend!

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5 of 5 Beautiful dark pitchers September 30, 2019
Reviewer: Matthew Fujita from Arlingto, TX United States  
I received a nearly full-grown plant with beautiful dark pitchers. The packaging was perfect and the plant had experienced a flawless shipment. Always always always impressed with the plants from Sarracenia Northwest!

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5 of 5 Another great experience! January 21, 2018
Reviewer: Shannon Phaeton from Summerfield, FL United States  
The plant came without any pitchers but even then I can tell that its healthy!

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5 of 5 Beautiful Alata Dark January 1, 2018
Reviewer: Troy Torgerson from ROGERS, AR United States  
Came packaged exceptionally well.  Beautiful plant.   Looking forward to it growing up.   Put it out side to let it go dormant.  Spring is going to be fun this year.

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