Sarracenia alata Dark (SG)

$19.95 $9.95
(2 reviews)
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.

Type of Plant: Outdoor perennial for container growing.
Sunlight: Full sun during the growing season.
Water: Low-mineral water (50 ppm or less).
Soil: Equal parts peat moss and perlite only.
Winter: Dormant. Minimal protection in USDA zones 7-9. Mulch in colder regions.

• Seed-grown Sarracenia, 2-3 years old.
• Acclimated for outdoor growing.
• Shipped in a 3-inch pot. Care instructions are included.

Photos illustrate summer growth. Appearance changes with the seasons at the time of shipping. See below for more information.

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Plants are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon.

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.



  • 5
    Alata Dark

    Posted by Willy Brock on September 9, 2022

    These guys are growing great and I love the shape of the lid. I’m excited to see how dark mature pitchers get in a couple of seasons

  • 5
    My Alana Dark

    Posted by Kathie Adams on September 9, 2022

    She’s going toe a beauty as she grows. She arrived in perfect condition, as have all my other sarracenia. Can’t wait to watch her grow!