Darlingtonia californica

(24 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 be 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.

• Young 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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All outdoor perennials experience seasonal changes at our nursery in Oregon.
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
    I love these plants

    Posted by Terri Rich on May 12, 2024

    My cobra plants arrived quickly and very healthy. They are ready for their growing season very excited to watch them grow up. Definitely recommend them to anyone looking at them.

  • 5
    Absolutely stunning specimens

    Posted by Bobby on September 16, 2023

    So happy with my darlingtonia specimen! It came with 2 additional growth points and 3 sundew hitchhikers!

  • 5

    Posted by Joseph on August 17, 2023

    Amazing specimen! It's been a few weeks since it landed in my doorstep and has acclimated well being in the northwest has its benefits. the largest pitcher has since died off from successfully catching several insects and has sprouted several new traps and has been handling this summers recent heatwave (over 100° temps) very well. Can't wait to see it grow huge traps!

  • 5
    Amazing ? packing

    Posted by A. Bellecourt on July 14, 2023

    Arrived in perfect condition beautiful

  • 5
    A darling darlingtonia

    Posted by Melissa on July 2, 2023

    It looks great and very healthy. I would hate to be a bug around it. I love ordering from yall.

  • 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!