One of the stately natural Sarracenia hybrids from northern Florida, S. x excellens combines the exotic sculpture of the hooded pitcher S. minor, with the gaudy colors and accents of the flamboyant white trumpet, S. leucophylla.
Traps are largely purple and green, with darker purple hues dominating the upper quarter. The dark pigment mixes with white splotching throughout the cowled, ruffled lid and the front sides of the tube. But it is the light windows inherited from the hooded pitcher plant which steal the show: a mass of outstanding white fenestration covers the inflated tube all the way down the top third of the pitcher like stained glass. Its triangular lip, which slobbers obscenely with nectar, is almost black.
Plants You Receive
Type of Plant
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 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.
Cold hardy perennial for outdoor growing.
Size of Adult Plants
12 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.