The miniature Sweet Pitcher is named for it's plentiful, sweet-smelling blooms that emerge in mid-spring. Small, just over the size of a quarter-dollar, the tiny red "chandeliers" smell like fresh-picked raspberries! Fortunately, because the miniature sweet pitcher is a fast-growing plant, you should be rewarded with plenty of blooms spring after spring.
S. rubra ssp. rubra's traps are short, topping out at a foot in height, but uniform and charismatic, especially on established plants. As a true miniature species, plant it with small sundews and flytraps, or in mini-bog planters for a long-lasting display.
And there must be something in the nectar! Flying insects will literally squeeze themselves into a pitcher to get to lap it up. It's not at all unusual to see a yellow jacket stuck head-first in a pitcher with its legs sticking up in the air.
Plants You Receive
Plants are shipped in 3-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.
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.
Southern United States
Size of Adult Plants
6-8 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.