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Sarracenia alata
Sarracenia alata


 
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General Description
 
Without a doubt, Sarracenia alata is one of the most variable species of North American pitcher plant, with about ten general varieties and multitudes of gorgeous hybrids between them. The "typical" form of this species is a handsome plant, with the oldest plants bearing pitchers over two feet tall!

Early pitchers are narrow and gracile, with prominent coloring inside the mouth. Mid- and late-summer foliage is broader and robust, the species' prominent "neck bulge" (where part of the tube immediately below the mouth is wider and more colorful) adding girth to height. Some plants have pinstripe venation throughout the upper portions of the trap, others have a thin layer of fuzz. Many have different colored lips - shades of purple, bright yellow, and bright neon green are not uncommon.

This species enjoys hot muggy weather and as much sunlight as you can manage. In the right conditions, it produces loads of nectar that attracts wasps and yellow jackets. Sarracenia alata consumes more nasty insects at our nursery than any other species besides S. leucophylla.

The common name, pale pitcher plant, comes from the array of pale yellow to off-white flowers that bloom in mid to late spring.
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 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.

Natural Habitat
Eastern Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama.

Size of Adult Plants
16-24 inches tall.

Sunlight
Full sun, 6 or more hours of direct sunlight.

Water
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.

Soil
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.

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May 20, 2019
Reviewer: Bobby Bell from Radford, VA United States  


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March 20, 2019
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Great! March 10, 2019
Reviewer: Elizabeth Collins from Bonaire, GA United States  
Fast delivery. All plants are good size and healthy. I planted then right away. One has a flower bud on it!

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new shipment March 7, 2019
Reviewer: Jimmie from Slidell, LA.  
Arrived last week in perfect condition and starting to show new growth. Will move out side after Monday. Packing is very well done, and protects plants perfectly. Thanks

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beautiful plant August 12, 2018
Reviewer: Mark Bauer from Pewaukee, WI United States  
plant in good condition

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