We began with the cross Sarracenia x excellens, the simple hybrid of S. leucophylla and S. minor. Unfortunately, plants of such parentage, though beautiful and desirable, are slower-growing and less rewarding in northerly climates than some of us impatient gardeners are willing to wait for.
We decided to fix that by adding some southern sweetness to the gaudy cross by including the handsome, fast-growing sweet pitcher, S. rubra, into the mix, creating a truly "sweet" excellens.
Thanks to its heritage from the sweet pitcher, "Sweet Excellence" bears masses of eye-catching foliage on rapidly-dividing growth points. We enjoy this trait of density because it rewards the grower with size, vigor, and new dimensions to the plant each season.
The dense masses of leaves are primarily maroon-purple in the upper portions, upright, and slightly cowled at the lid. White speckling throughout the upper portions gets exceptionally conspicuous on older plants. On mature, late-season leaves, the red hues exaggerate to a spectacular black-purple, contrasting fabulously with the white splotching. Copious nectar about the triangular mouth is exuded in such quantity that it can crystallize into little sugary beads!
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.
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.
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.