Sarracenia alata

(12 reviews)

Without a doubt, Sarracenia alata is one of the most variable species of North American pitcher plant, with about ten general varieties and multitudes of gorgeous hybrids between them. The "typical" form of this species is a handsome plant, with the mature plants bearing pitchers 16-24 inches tall. Early pitchers are tall and slender. Mid- and late-summer foliage is broader and robust, adding girth to height. This species enjoys hot muggy weather, a long growing season, and as much sunlight as you can manage. Its best pitchers occur in mid to late summer.

Type of Plant: Outdoor perennial for container growing.
Height: 16-24 inches.
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.

• 2nd-season division from select mother plants. (NOT a recent division.)
• Acclimated for outdoor growing.
• Shipped in a 4-inch pot. Care instructions are included.

Photos illustrate late summer growth. Pitchers may not be present during other seasons. See below for more information.

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2nd Season Divisions
After dividing our mother plants in spring, we grow the divisions for a year before releasing them. You get a more vigorous plant with a healthier root system when compared to a recent division.

All outdoor perennials experience seasonal changes 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 will gradually appear.
June-August: Full display of pitchers.
September: Plant 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
    Great looking plants

    Posted by Andrew Parkyn on September 4, 2020

    Happy with the new plants and putting out large pitchers.

  • 5
    Surprised at the size

    Posted by Dennis on August 14, 2020

    I hoping this plant is a larger plant next year and will be a return customer

  • 5

    Posted by Bobby Bell on May 20, 2019

  • 5

    Posted by Lucas Lavadour on March 20, 2019

  • 5

    Posted by Elizabeth Collins on March 10, 2019

    Fast delivery. All plants are good size and healthy. I planted then right away. One has a flower bud on it!

  • 5
    new shipment

    Posted by Jimmie on March 7, 2019

    Arrived last week in perfect condition and starting to show new growth. Will move out side after Monday. Packing is very well done, and protects plants perfectly. Thanks

  • 5
    beautiful plant

    Posted by Mark Bauer on August 12, 2018

    plant in good condition

  • 5

    Posted by Janet Grover on May 15, 2016

    It has tripled in size in 4 weeks! Thank you!

  • 5
    Another Great Insect Catcher

    Posted by Ramon L. Nelson on March 6, 2016

    Witch these larger Sarracenias.... the brothering insect should be no problem this summer while the family sits out side enjoying the beauty on nature and having a glass of ice tea.

  • 5

    Posted by Steven Faith on February 3, 2016

    What can I say...another winner! I enjoy watching them grow.

  • 5
    Excellent Shipping!

    Posted by Joshua Buchner on July 15, 2015

    Arrived very well packed, looks fresh from the nursery! Scarcely 5 minutes after placing outside, the plant already attracted a house fly to trap. They have a lovely flower with a mild scent.

  • 5
    A fantastic species!

    Posted by Jesus R. on September 22, 2013

    The pale pitcher plant may not be as colorfull as the other species. But make no mistake, this is a tall handsome plant that loves to feast on wasps! You are guaranteed to get healthy carnivores from Jeff & Jacob.