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As its name implies, this hybrid produces dark pitchers. In early season, pitchers are red with hints of yellow in their hood. As summer progresses and heats up, pitchers turn almost black. Be aware that you will need a long growing season, hot summers, and 10+ hours of direct sunlight to achieve its characteristic pitchers. Summers are mild and short at our nursery in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest, so pitchers become dark red at best for us. Regardless, this plant is a must-have for the serious Sarracenia collector.
Type of Plant: Outdoor perennial for container growing.
Height: Up to 20 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.
PLANT YOU RECEIVE
• Mature division in its second growing season. (NOT a new division.)
• Acclimated for outdoor growing.
• Shipped in a 4-inch pot. Care instructions are included.
Photos illustrate summer growth. Pitchers may not be present during other seasons. See below for more information.
Plants are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon and experience seasonal changes.
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 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.