Sarracenia psittacina

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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.
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Plants You Receive

All plants grew for a full growing season at our nursery since their division from select mother plants, so they are well established.  Each plant is shipped in a 4-inch pot.  
All cold-hardy perrenials are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon. Their appearance will change with the seasons.

April-May: Emerging from dormancy. Pitchers from the previous season will be cut off. 
June-September: Plants are in active growth. Best growth occurs in late summer.
October-December: Plants stop growing and wil have fewer pitchers.
January-March: Plants are still dormant. Pitchers from the previous season will be cut off.

General Care

Type of Plant: Cold-hardy perennial for outdoor container growing.
Sunlight: Full sun, 6+ hours of direct sunlight, during the growing season.  
Water: Low-mineral water (50 ppm or less).  Set in standing water to keep media wet.
Soil: Equal parts peat moss and perlite.  No garden soil, compost, or fertilizer.
Winter: Dormant.  Mulch in USDA zones 6 or colder.

Care info will be provided.


  • 5
    Sarracenia psittacina

    Posted by Pudelphile on December 9, 2019

    This plant is gorgeous! The color is intense and it was bigger than I expected it to be.

  • 5

    Posted by Alan Hykes on July 30, 2019


  • 5
    Awesome Plant!

    Posted by Derek on May 24, 2015

    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!