My plant arrived in good shape. It had been packed, as usual, very carefully. It has some interesting leaves on it, but nothing that looks like a functional pitcher. The plant is growing just fine, but the new leaves are still stringy and snake-like. I suspect that the plant will be an unusual, nice-looking plant when it is in its prime. ***RESPONSE BY SARRACENIA NORTHWEST*** Thank you for your recent purchase! Yes, this is normal for this hybrid in early and mid season. It produces upright and most colorful pitchers in late summer. That's when you'll get to see its golden-red namesake.