We got "Spade" years ago as an unknown hybrid from a Sarracenia enthusiast in the Bay Area. When sent it to us, he simply labeled it as a "random hybrid with spade-like pitchers," hence its new name.
"Spade's" traps can get substantial for a rubra hybrid, almost a foot in height with considerable girth below the mouth. The outstanding lid is sharply isosceles, and held nearly upright from the small, slot-like mouth. Thick brick-red veins alongside prominent light-windows in the inflated upper portions of the trap give "Spade" an extremely distinctive appearance.
It looks like a hybrid of the sweet pitcher Sarracenia rubra ssp. rubra, probably with S. rubra ssp. jonesii and S. leucophylla, and grows similarly to them as well, producing its best traps in the late summer, early fall growing season.
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 6-8 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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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
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.