The sheer elegance of the white-top pitcher, Sarracenia leucophylla, will take your breath away. Truly unique among all plants, the upper part of the pitcher is white, laced with purple-red veins. Yes, this carnivorous plant is beautiful, and it knows it. It’ll tease you with only one or two pitchers during the hottest days of summer.
This species loves it hot, and thrives in a long growing-season. In late season when the summer heat mellows, S. leucophylla will mesmerize you with a set of extra-robust pitchers, saving the best right before winter dormancy. With most white-top pitchers, you can enjoy their beautiful leaves well after the first frost, depending on your climate. What a sight to see a white top pitcher peeking out at you through the snow! In mid to late spring, look for large red flowers.
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
12-16 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.