Darlingtonia californica

(19 reviews)

Darlingtonia is the most enigmatic carnivorous plant in cultivation, even for us. And we're in its home state of Oregon! We've tried out so many growing methods to find one that that will work for most growers. We experienced numerous losses. We shed buckets of tears. We shouted lots of very bad words. The only thing we can safely say that will increase your chance of success is a drop in nighttime temperature, below 60°F (16°C). Other factors - sunlight, soil health, watering method, day temperature, pure luck - are also important. But, cool nights seem to the single common thread that unites all successful growers.

Type of Plant: Cold-hardy perennial for outdoor container growing.
Sunlight: Full sun, 6+ hours of direct sunlight, during the growing season.
Water: Low-mineral water (50 ppm or less). Keep media wet.
Soil: One part peat moss, two parts perlite. No garden soil, compost, or fertilizer.
Winter: Dormant. Mulch in USDA zones 6 or colder.

• Mature offshoot from select mother plants.
• Acclimated for outdoor growing.
• Shipped in a 4-inch pot. Soil is topped with live sphagnum moss.

Photos illustrate early summer growth. Appearance may differ during other seasons. See below for more information.

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Plants are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon and experiences seasonal changes.

January-March: Plant is dormant. Pitchers will have brown spots. Dried pitchers are cut off.
April: Pitchers from last season will have brown spots. New pitchers will begin to appear by the end of the month.
May: Fully developed pitchers typically appear by the end of the month. Pitchers from last season may still be present.
June-August: Full display of pitchers.
September: Plant is slowing down. Some brown spots occur.
October: Dormancy begins. No new growth until spring. Some brown spots occur.
November-December: Plant is dormant. Pitchers will have brown spots. Dried pitchers are cut off.




  • 5
    Darlingtonia californica

    Posted by Russ on May 6, 2023

    Love this plant and hope it survives in my water feature with my other carnivorus plants

  • 5
    Darlingtonia californica

    Posted by Wayne Pinard on May 4, 2023

    Plant arrived in great shape. Re-potted it and it is doing very well. Bloom is slowly opening and is gorgeous.

  • 5
    Better than expected

    Posted by Willy Brock on May 3, 2023

    I ended up going with a flowering sized Darlingtonia. Got a very established plant with little shock and two flower spikes. Appreciate all of SNW support in educational material to make sure that I’m off to the best start I can be.

  • 5
    Healthy plant!

    Posted by Cole Dietrich on May 3, 2023

    Darlingtonia arrived in great shape, perfect packaging. Started growing shortly after and has a new pitcher coming already.

  • 5
    Beautiful Cobra Lilies

    Posted by Val on May 12, 2021

    These came carefully packaged and are already growing babies! I'm new with carnivorous plants and thought I might inadvertently hurt them but they are thriving. I am thrilled with these. Thank you!

  • 5
    Beautiful Darlingtonia

    Posted by Jordan Lytle on April 8, 2021

    Received my shipment well packed and the plants looked wonderful. They are the healthiest Darlingtonia I have received from any nursery by far.

  • 5
    Healthy plant!

    Posted by Ellery on September 1, 2019

    I received this beautiful plant in perfect condition, and here in the pacific northwest it is growing super fast and beautiful! It's already putting out a stolen so I will have a second plant soon!

  • 2
    It arrived with a few broken traps

    Posted by Angel Valladolid on July 15, 2019

    It arrived with a few broken plants. It so far has been declining in health. *** RESPONSE FROM SARRACENIA NORTHWEST *** I'm sorry the plant isn't growing as well as you hoped. In regards to "broken traps," we often cut off old pitchers from the previous season, especially if the pitcher has already dried up. This is normal plant care we do every spring. Your plant also comes with a 30-day guarantee, and we are here to help you troubleshoot any issues you might encounter, As of date, I haven't seen any messages from you requesting assistance. We are willing to help you, but we do need need relevant information about how you have been caring for your plant since it arrived so that we can diagnose the situation, pinpoint the problem, and come up with an appropriate solution. Please read the 30-Day Guarantee and Carnivorous Plant Help pages for details. This information is also included in the literature that came with your plants.

  • 5

    Posted by Andrew Jarnigan on July 3, 2019

  • 5

    Posted by Timothy Bush on July 3, 2019

  • 5
    Lovely little plant

    Posted by LAM on June 30, 2019

    Very good packaging, and beautiful, healthy plants. I appreciate.

  • 5

    Posted by LAM on June 16, 2019

    First of all, thank you for everything. I received this plant in a pretty good packaging. The plant is beautiful and healthy. I read the reviews about how to take care of this, and I choose one the easiest way from them (my opinion): everyday, I water them with ice water from the top and then put some ice around the plant, twice a day when the weather is hot. And now, almost a month, the plant has three more young pitchers are growing, I feel so happy. I bought two plants in another day later. Now, all of them have young pitchers: one has three, and one has ... three, too. Thank you SN, where I can trust because you know how to respect the customers by sending us beautiful and healthy plants, in a good packaging and protecting them. I already bought a lot from you :) God bless.