Sarracenia Ladies in Waiting

(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. The plant was also registered with the International Carnivorous Plant Society in 1998, so this hybrid has been around for a while. (Dr. Mellichamp visited our nursery in 2022. He said that we had the largest collection of Ladies in Waiting he had ever seen. Such an honor!)

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.

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

Current Stock:
Adding to cart… The item has been added

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

    Posted by Lucas Giese on October 2, 2017

    Beautiful plant. Nicely packed

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on September 25, 2017

    Packaging was excellent

  • 5
    Love the ladies!

    Posted by Roger Whittaker on August 10, 2017

    These ladies are doing great. The ants seem to love them. They have had a steady trail strait down their trap the past couple of days. There is now a lot fewer ants in the trail. They are piling up in the pitcher. I love it!

  • 5
    Flowers and Service

    Posted by Mark Bauer on July 30, 2017

    My first experience with SNW has been very positive. Flowers came healthy, well-packed, colorful. Still going strong. Second order now pending. Very happy with SNW.

  • 5
    These Sarracenia act like Real Ladies

    Posted by Ramon L. Nelson on December 7, 2015

    These Sarracenis look and act like a group of ladies. A group of these lovely seem to be dressed in their finest for a ball and are all facing each other as though they are talking about their admirers.

  • 5

    Posted by John Kramer on July 9, 2015

    This is an awesome sarracenia...I love it! Color is great and very healthy...Looks amazing in my collection.

  • 5
    Beautiful specimen!

    Posted by Robbie McDougal on January 13, 2015

    I have to say that I've been very excited about all the plants I've purchased from you guys. All the sarracenias I've bought even though dormant now are still beautiful! Very happy with your selection too. If you happen to come across some of the purple ones though if be super stoked!!

  • 5
    Sarracenia x Ladies in Waiting

    Posted by Diane Drake on December 13, 2014

    Plant arrived well packaged and is thriving ! Will repot with a carnivorous mix soil in a few months when the weather warms