This species produces substantial traps, flushed with rich reds and maroons, up to a foot tall. The jaunty, pointed lids are coppery, undulating, and raised a noticeable distance from the mouth. A thin lip dips into a pronounced, spouted "v". Leaves last well into winter, often assuming a nearly black complexion by December.
Sarracenia rubra ssp. gulfensis grows in a similar manner to its relatives - along narrow rhizomes which frequently branch into multitude of growth points from which pitchers grow. Large clumps of dense foliage is a classic presentation of this plant.
Gulfensis enjoy the warm, muggy weather of midsummer with a long growing season. Look for red flowers with a charming rosy scent in mid to late spring.
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 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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Type of Plant
Cold hardy perennial for outdoor growing.
Southern United States
Size of Adult Plants
8-12 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.