This plant is simply Christmas in July! If sheer size and color are what you're after, then look no further than Sarracenia x readii, the natural hybrid of S. leucophylla and S. rubra. Intricate, dark-red veins of the sweet pitcher imposed on the color and loft of the white trumpet make for a breath-taking plant that you could almost eat with a spoon!
The arresting traps are predominantly red and white throughout the top half of the leaf, speckled with white and giving way to nearly pure red halfway down. Lids are slightly scalloped, upturned, and white with red veining. The throat is generous and inflated near the top of the trap. Interior of the pitcher is lime green. Red gradually turns to green in the lower portions of the exterior.
Look for its best pitchers of the season in late summer
through the first frost of fall - the largest pitchers can be over two feet tall!
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.
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.