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.




  • 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

  • 5
    Expectations Exceeded

    Posted by Eric Fredrick on June 6, 2019

    I bought a medium plant and was very impressed with the health and size of the plant. Lots of new growth coming in with a few pitchers reaching 6-8 inches tall. Even had a Drosera rotundifolia tagalong in the pot. Very happy with it!

  • 5
    Bigger than expected

    Posted by Nick M on May 15, 2018

    I finally got my hands on my first darlingtonia, and it was a very healthy plant, as usual with SNW. I was pleasantly surprised to get a plant with around ten 4-6 inch pitchers. I have seen smaller plants with higher price tags, so you will not be disappointed purchasing here.

  • 5
    Beautiful and strange

    Posted by Liv Rainey-Smith on May 14, 2018

    I'm deeply excited to finally have a Darlingtonia californica in my garden, and I'm thrilled with how well it's doing! My plant arrived about a month ago, very well packaged with clear instructions on opening it. After speaking to a member of Sarracenia Northwest's staff at a garden event, I repotted it into a large shallow plastic bowl which I drilled holes into about an inch from the bottom. I did this because although it would have been okay in the pot it shipped in, Portland has had some hot summers recently. Since I don't yet have an automatic watering system I've been watering it once or twice a day (when it isn't raining) until the water trickles out of the holes. So far 3 new pitchers have begun developing and the overall health of the plant appears to be excellent. I'm glad I waited until this species became available through Sarracenia Northwest -- their quality is always outstanding!

  • 5
    Great specimen

    Posted by Erik Gold on May 10, 2018

    I received this plant in very good health already showing signs of spring growth. I know that Darlingtonia can be picky but I'm hoping I can be successful with such a good looking plant.

  • 4
    The trick to growing in Mid Atlantic

    Posted by Matthew Hodges on May 19, 2014

    I use a shallow dish like pot, a layer of lava rocks and over that the usual mix of pearlite and peat moss. Then elevate the dish on a stand off the ground so the water drains away from the roots. Hot weather I melt a few cubes of purified water near the growing point. The Butterworts like to grow with the Cobra plants.

  • 5
    Darlingtonia californica

    Posted by Unknown on May 17, 2014