Sarracenia leucophylla Firebird

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This plant is a true late-season grower. For most of the season, it grows spear-shaped, non-carnivorous leaves called phyllodia. You'll be scratching your head wondering if your plant will do anything at all. But, in mid-September, right before the Equinox, it sends up stunning white-top pitchers with thick red veins. By October, when the pitchers are fully mature, the plant looks like a regal bird, a Firebird. The phyllodia from early season are its plumage, and the pitchers are the head of the bird. The pitchers also hold until December, even after a series of frost and light snow. This plant is best for the patient gardener.

Type of Plant: Outdoor perennial for container growing.
Height: Up to 16 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 peak growth in September. Pitchers may not be present outside of peak season. 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: Early season pitchers are often thin and wispy.
June-August: Non-carnivorous leaves may appear alongside thin pitchers.
September: Stunning vibrant pitchers finally appear.
October: Dormancy begins. Fewer pitchers. No new growth until spring.
November-December: Plant is dormant. Browned pitchers are cut off.



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    Lovely Leucophyllas!

    Posted by Rick Bennett on December 2, 2023

    My plants arrived in Great shape. You guys really take the packaging to heart. They are 'taller' than I expected. Getting ready to repot them. And my 'bonus' Leucophylla Feisty Dog is really appreciated. It is a beautiful Burgundy color.