Darlingtonia californica

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Darlingtonia is the most enigmatic carnivorous plant in cultivation, even for us. And we're in Oregon, its home state! We've tried out so many growing methods to find one that that will work for most growers. In the end, all we can do is offer you basic concepts so you could modify the growing method for your particular microclimate. There might be losses. There might be tears. There might be lots of bad words. The only thing we can safely say that increases your chance of success is a drop in nighttime temperature, below 60°F (16°C). While other factors - sunlight, soil health, watering method, day temperature, pure luck - are also important, cool nights seem to make the most significant impact in long-term success. May the odds be in your favor!
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Plants You Receive

• Each plant is a division from select mother plants.
• A one-time application of a systemic fungicide.
• Soil is top dressed with live sphagnum moss.
• Extra Small: seedling, 3-inch pot.
• Small: division, 3.5-inch pot.
• Medium: division, 4-inch pot.
All cold-hardy perennials are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon. Their appearance will change with the seasons.

April-May: Emerging from dormancy. Older pitchers may be cut off.
June-September: Plants are in active growth. 
October-December: No new growth. Most pitchers will remain while dormant.
January-March: Plants are still dormant. Pitchers will brown as spring approaches.

General Care

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).  Top water daily.  Avoid standing water.
Soil: One part peat moss and 2 parts perlite.  No garden soil, compost, or fertilizer.
Winter: Dormant.  Tolerant of overnight frost down to 20°F.  Protect from prolonged freezes (lasting for more than a 2 or 3 days) and hard freezes (below 20°F).


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  • 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.

  • 5
    Darlingtonia californica/YES!!!

    Posted by shaughn on June 9, 2019

    i was so freaking excited to see this one available. great care is taken when they ship plants out. since i got this gal a new trap has grown an there are more growing. i cannot wait to see it catch its first meal. thank you so very much