Sarracenia Boob Tube

(5 reviews)

When we acquired this plant in the early 2000s, it was unlabeled, so we dubbed it Red Minor, referring to its appearance of the species, Sarracenia minor. We later discovered that our plant came from a seed batch bred by Dr. Larry Mellichamp, professor of botany at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. In 2022, we were blessed with his visit to our nursery. We asked him about this plant, among others that he bred. He said the parentage is S. minor x (purpurea x psittacina). He affectionately called that cross Boob Tube and had written about it in a publication in 1994, so we relabeled the plant as such.

Pitchers stand straight and display a deep red color with white speckles on its back. It grows very slowly and produces only 1-3 pitchers per growth point each season, so you'll need a healthy dose of patience. The plant enjoys warm muggy summers with an extended growing season.

Type of Plant: Outdoor perennial for container growing.
Height: Up to 8-12 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.

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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

    Posted by Amanda E on June 5, 2020

    Showed up wrapped and very happy

  • 5

    Posted by LAM on April 26, 2020

  • 5

    Posted by Andrew Jarnigan on July 3, 2019

  • 5
    S. x Red Minor

    Posted by Mark Bauer on June 23, 2019

    One of the Minor brothers, this of intense red, while leucophylla x has deep reddish brown & in contrast simply minor is somewhat plain. Having all three in a group is wonderful for comparison. Red arrived in perfect health and sits in water next to his brothers. Love it!

  • 5

    Posted by Brooke Jensen on March 19, 2018