Sarracenia minor

(21 reviews)

Some first-time growers mistake the distinctive hooded pitcher, Sarracenia minor, for the cobra plant, Darlingtonia californica. Both plants have a hood that hides the opening of the pitcher. Their leaves also have light spots on the back, which trick insects into going further inside the trap. Fortunately, Sarracenia minor is much easier to grow and is much more forgiving of mistakes than the cobra plant. This plant appreciates warm summers and a long growing season. Look for yellow flowers in mid to late spring.

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 potted. 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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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
    S. minor

    Posted by DONALD ALLEN on May 22, 2024

    Great looking plant. Arrived in perfect shape. Sarracenia Northwest does the best packaging job on plants I've come across. Great vendor.

  • 5
    Sarracenia Minor

    Posted by Donald Allen on May 20, 2024

    Great looking plant. Usual great quality from Sarracenia Northwest.

  • 5
    A minor that was major beautiful

    Posted by Melissa on October 3, 2022

    I am not that person that expects plants to be flawless or anything for that matter, life happens, but this plant could have been in a photo shoot. We will surely order from them again.

  • 5

    Posted by Roger May on September 11, 2020

  • 5
    Amazing plants

    Posted by Mark on August 5, 2020

    I received my plants quickly and they were in amazing condition i’ve had them for about 2 months now and they are thriving!

  • 5
    The best shipping I have ever seen

    Posted by Unknown on July 13, 2020

    I've purchased plants from several nurseries where they have been badly damaged before, and I questioned if they would even survive. This time I saw the best packaging and care used of any nursery

  • 5

    Posted by LAM on July 28, 2019

  • 5
    Great plant

    Posted by William Werner on July 20, 2019

    Healthy, great plant

  • 5

    Posted by Henk den Bakker on June 26, 2019

  • 5

    Posted by Michael Sawecki on May 12, 2019

  • 5

    Posted by Michael LaForest on August 27, 2018

  • 5

    Posted by Margaret Salisbury on August 19, 2018