When customers ask what is the most satisfying pitcher plant to own, we usually point to this one (if we have any left in stock!). Red Hood Sarracenia alata have some of the most identifiable traps at our nursery. Oversized, upheld cobra-like lids are bright-yellow green on the outside with pencil-thin veins, but are the bloodiest, darkest red within. This color is visible to well within the trap, and extends to the lip as well. The rest of the pitcher's exterior is veined with light suffusions of red amongst the yellow-green of the tube.
Early and late-season foliage is produced. Early pitchers in spring represent narrower versions of the late-season ones. Late-season traps have a more pronounced color contrast, heavier veining, and bear deeper, darker reds with much larger hoods. They are also broader, with more girth in the throat just below the mouth.
Red Hood Sarracenia alata are botanically known as S. alata v. rubrioperculata.
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.
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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.