Sarracenia alata Dark (SG)

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This colorful variety of the common Sarracenia alata is much sought after among collectors and has been used to produce prestigious hybrids for ornamental horticulture. This plant grows best where the sun is bright, the nights are hot, and the growing season is long. That's when you'll get to see the black coloration extending down the trap to the lower portions before fading to red or green. Traps may randomly maintain their lime-green lip, contrasting fantastically with the dark tones of the rest of pitcher. The largest pitchers occur in late summer.

The current batch is actually a self-cross of Night, a much sought-after cultivar of Sarracenia alata. Because it's a self-cross, it is not a genetic clone of Night, so these plants do not meet the criteria for such labeling.

Appearance will differ from plant to plant. Selection is done randomly. Last two photos show the parent plants.

• Seed-grown, approximately three years old and 6 inches tall.
• Acclimated for outdoor growing and full sun.
• Shipped in a 3.5-inch pot. Care info is provided.

Photos illustrate summer growth. Appearance changes with the seasons at the time of shipping.
January-March: Plant is dormant with no pitchers.
April: Spring growth will appear by the end of the month.
May: Fully developed pitchers typically appear by the end of the month.
June-August: Full display of pitchers.
September: Plant is slowing down but produces its best pitchers of the season.
October: Dormancy begins. Fewer pitchers. No new growth until spring.
November-December: Plant is dormant. Browned pitchers are cut off.
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: Equal parts peat moss and perlite. No garden soil, compost, or fertilizer.
Winter: Dormant. Mulch in USDA zones 6 or colder.

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