Wherry's Pitcher Plant is among the larger of the miniature sweet pitchers. A thin layer of fuzz on the upper portions of the red-orange foliage is the tell-tale characteristic of this species, along with a rounded lid and a striking yellow-green lip. On large plants, multitudes of nodding red flowers in mid to late spring make this one show-stopping - they smell like miniature roses! A very pretty plant, this subspecies is usually among first to sell out at our open houses.
Like its relatives subspecies jonesii and ssp. rubra, leaves of ssp. wherryi are shorter than most other Sarracenia, growing very compactly on narrow rhizomes which branch readily. An ideal display for ssp. wherryi is en masse, where a plant is left to grow into a small forest of beautifully uniform traps, like a sort of carnivorous bonsai.
The Wherry sweet pitcher is a late season plant, which means it produces a finale of its most robust traps in the warmth of late summer. While other forms of sweet pitcher retain their leaves in winter, this one will drop them completely.
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.
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.