Sarracenia Ladies in Waiting

$39.95 $27.95
(20 reviews)

Ladies in Waiting is a complex cross bred by the late Dr. Larry Mellichamp, professor of botany at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte . Pitchers face the center of the plant and resembles women dressed in gorgeous red clamshell hoods with white speckles having a chat. On an adult plant, pitchers will reach 10-12 inches. Its best growth occurs in mid to late summer.

Type of Plant: Outdoor perennial for container growing.
Height: Up to 12 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.

• 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.

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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.



  • 5
    Beautiful, healthy plant

    Posted by lisa Sahli on July 25, 2023

    Your packaging is amazing!!

  • 5
    Enjoying my new plant

    Posted by Carol on June 14, 2020

    The ladies are growing and look beautiful.

  • 5
    You sure know how to pack for mailing.

    Posted by Anthony Giefer on May 19, 2020

    They arrived in great shape and are growing well.

  • 5
    Looked small but grows so fast

    Posted by Jolie Soukup on May 17, 2020

    When it arrived, it was 1 small stem coming from the crown which was obviously cut back. In one month, it sprouted 7 more stems and grew several inches. The initial stem is now a pitcher and I couldn't be more thrilled!

  • 5
    First time buyer

    Posted by George Zimmet on May 16, 2020

    Ladies in Waiting already have six pitchers developing. Looking forward to seeing them fully develop. Very pleased with my purchase.

  • 5

    Posted by MICHAEL G JONES on December 17, 2018

    excellent condition, well packaged

  • 5

    Posted by Mary Snyder on July 8, 2018

    Whenever I look to buy Pitcher Plants which are my favorite, I choose Sarracenia Northwest. The company offers some of the most beautiful and most healthiest carnivorous Pitcher plants I've ever received. They are packaged safely and arrive in a timely manner. To the folks at Sarracenia Northwest, "thank-you" for my beautiful ladies in waiting!

  • 2
    Ladies in Waiting

    Posted by Paul McCullough on July 2, 2018

    Disappointingly small plant. I think it will be quite some time before I get real pitchers of size. I would not have purchased this plant had I known how small it would be. (Perhaps it was listed as small on the website and I missed it) ***RESPONSE BY SARRACENIA NORTHWEST *** Thank you for your recent purchase and comment. I'm sorry the plant was smaller than you had expected. The plant is a recent division from select mother plants, so plants are generally smaller during their first season. This info is stated in the description. The plant is considered a late season plant, which means it will show off it's best pitchers in late season. We are still in early summer, so a bit of patience is required to see the full potential of this plant. Size is also relative. This plant generally produces smaller rhizomes than other plants. It's similar to comparing a Chihuahua to a St. Bernard. It's pitchers never get large as other hybrids. In any case, your plant will look relatively larger as it we progress into summer and fall.

  • 5

    Posted by Jace Graham on June 26, 2018

  • 5

    Posted by peter fontaine on May 27, 2018

  • 5

    Posted by Wayne Pinard on March 22, 2018

    Plant arrived in great condition and is doing well

  • 5
    Nice plant.

    Posted by Suzann Taylor on October 13, 2017

    Quick shipping. Well packed. Nice plant