As a red-black deviation amongst
a classically yellow-green species, Sarracenia alata "Dark"
is hardly an ugly duckling. It is much sought after among collectors, and this colorful variety of the common pale pitcher has
been used to produce prestigious hybrids for ornamental
horticulture. We are very proud to offer it for sale.Sarracenia alata "Dark" is botanically known as S. alata v. nigrapurpurea.
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 than 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.
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.
April - October. Pitchers will brown at the onset of winter dormancy.
Hardy of winter frost. Mulch in USDA zones 7 and colder.