The species has long, narrow traps that sprawl outward in a ground-hugging rosette, each terminating in a hollow, round bulbous structure tipped to a point like a parrot's beak (psittacina, its Latin name, is from the Greek word for parrot). Light windows, like those of the white-top pitcher, dot the unusual bulb-shaped tops. Unlike most other Sarracenia, this species retains leaves from the previous year so it's almost always presentable. However, it is one of the slowest growing Sarracenia. At our nursery in Oregon, it's usually the last plant to break dormancy. It displays its full potential when summers are hot and the growing season is long.
Type of Plant: Outdoor perennial for container growing.
Height: Up to 6 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.
PLANT YOU RECEIVE
• Mature division in its second growing season. (NOT a new division.)
• Acclimated for outdoor growing.
• Shipped in a 3-inch pot. Care instructions are included.
Photos illustrate summer growth. Pitchers may not be present during other seasons. See below for more information.
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.
This plant is gorgeous! The color is intense and it was bigger than I expected it to be.
My S. psittacina arrived in great condition, it is growing many new pitchers now as well. I hope to see it flower by next year!