Perhaps one of the most vigorous and rewarding crosses we have, Sarracenia alata x minor grows tall like the pale pitcher, Sarracenia alata, and has light windows with a slightly cowled hood like the hooded pitcher, Sarracenia minor. In late spring and early summer, the traps develop a wonderful orange hue, which mellow out to green by mid-summer. As a bonus, it retains most of its pitchers during the winter months, like S. minor. Plants can become quite large, dividing readily and growing quickly. Foliage is tall, bright, uniform, and substantial.
Not only is this a great plant for first-time growers, it's a great trap for those pesky wasps and yellow jackets! It clearly inherits the gluttony of its parents.
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.
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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
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.
April - October. Pitchers will brown at the onset of winter dormancy.
Hardy of winter frost. Mulch in USDA zones 7 and colder.