Home > Cold Hardy Plants >

Sarracenia psittacina
Sarracenia psittacina

Photos are for descriptive purposes.

Price: $24.95
Earn 5 points

Stock Status: Sold Out!
Item Number:: 11902

General Description
It’s hard to imagine that this is actually a plant. It looks more like a starfish! The parrot pitcher plant has long, narrow traps that sprawl outward in a ground-hugging rosette, each terminating in a hollow, round "atrium"-like structure tipped to a point like a parrot's beak (psittacina, its Latin name, is from the Greek word for parrot). Light windows, like those of the white-top pitcher, dot the unusual bulb-shaped tops. Though truly bizarre, a beautifully grown Sarracenia psittacina is indeed as ornamental and satisfying as any other pitcher plant. In fact, it's often confused for its distant relative, Darlingtonia californica, the Cobra Plant.

Sarracenia psittacina, blessedly, is easier to grow than the Cobra Plant, but you will need to be patient. It is one of the slowest growing Sarracenia, much like the northern purple pitcher, though it often retains leaves from the previous year so it's almost always presentable. At our nursery in Oregon, it’s usually the last plant to break dormancy. It displays its full potential when summers are hot and the growing season is long. Some growers report that S. psittacina does best as a semi-aquatic in a pond-like setup, mimicking its natural environment by being submerged for part of its growing season. In mid to late spring, you might see yellow flowers. If you do, you know you have a very happy plant!

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 4 inches during their first season after division. The second photo is representative of plants for sale in early season.

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
Central Florida through North Carolina.

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.

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.

Average Rating: Average Rating: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Sarracenia psittacina December 9, 2019
Reviewer: Pudelphile from Cinnaminson, NJ United States  
This plant is gorgeous!  The color is intense and it was bigger than I expected it to be.

Was this review helpful to you?

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 July 30, 2019
Reviewer: Alan Hykes from Altoona, PA United States  

Was this review helpful to you?

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Awesome Plant! May 24, 2015
Reviewer: Derek from Near Chicago, IL United States  
My S. psittacina arrived in great condition, it is growing many new pitchers now as well. I hope to see it flower by next year!

Was this review helpful to you?

Browse for more products in the same category as this item:

Cold Hardy Plants
Cold Hardy Plants > Sarracenia: Pitcher Plants