The Pitcher Plant Project has some great photos of some early blooming Pitcher Plants, being in the Sarracenias.
Indeed they are, and some of the plants are budding before they grow spring pitchers, but that’s just normal.
Native to U.S. Gulf Coast
Sun: Moderate to Full Sun
Size: 2 to 3 ft. tall
White hood with green and red veins is pointed and covers most of the opening. Grows in upright clumps. Large red flower sprays spring/summer.
I love small town newspapers.
You’ll need to click through to the Crestview Times-Picayune, or maybe it was the Crestview Daily-Reader or wait, no that wasn’t right, it was the Crestview World-Globe? Crestview News-Bulletin? Crestview Advertiser? Anyway, just click through for the picture of the old lady who has kept her mother’s heirloom christmas cactus alive for over 100 years. And the picture includes an inset of a Venus Fly Trap for some reason. I can’t find any reference in the article to the carnivorous plant in the Crestview woman’s collection, so I don’t know why the picture is there. Go ahead and take a look! You’ll see! It’s “Interesting”!
The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park has a lot of Nepenthes hanging around, doing their Pitcher Plant thing. In contrast to the orchids, the Nepenthes are not well labeled, so I don’t know what species most of these are. Except for the one fancy fanged Pitcher Plant…
“Nepenthes bicalcarata, also known as the fanged pitcher-plant, is found only in Borneo. The purpose of the fangs has long been debated among botanists. They have been thought to deter mammals from reaching in and stealing the contents of the pitcher, though the more intelligent mammals like monkeys have been observed tearing open the side of the pitcher to get to drowned insects. Other botanists suggest that the fangs, which secrete nectar, serve to lure insects into a precarious position over the pitcher mouth, where they may lose their footing and fall into the pitcher fluid, eventually drowning and becoming food for the plant.” via SF Conservatory of Flowers QR Code.
The rest of these are not quite as spectacular, being without two perfect fangs, but they are amazing, even if the Conservatory did not see fit to name them.
We have some more new Pitcher Plants in full pitcher just before we get into the winter dormancy period. This is your last best chance to get a good look at the variety of hoods and colors that we get with these readily hybridizing carnivorous plants.
Sarracenia “Mardi Gras” must be from New Orleans. What? It’s not? Then who named this plant?
Sarracenia “Ladies in Waiting” is very frilly.
Pitcher Plants are always so photogenic! I love it.
Sarracenia ‘Judith Hindle’ is very colorful and very frilly too. The new spring pitchers will come in more whitish-greenish, but those vibrant reds with sun will put on quite the show by this time of year.
It’s an American hybrid, with 3 species parentage: S. leucophylla x flava x purpurea. Nice! These will get 20″ tall.
Sarracenia “Dixie Lace” has arching pitchers, splayed outwards, and unique flattened hoods. The golden color is also unusual.
The hybrid parents are S. leucophylla x alabamensis x psittacina, roughly speaking, though from other subspecies and cultivars of course.
Care: As with other Sarracenias, plant in 1/2 peat, 1/2 sand. While you can grow them indoors without a winter cold period, they will live for many more years if you let them go fully dormant for up to 3 months, below 40°F. They are quite cold tolerant if kept outdoors in a bog garden. Water with rainwater or distilled water for longest life, or you may have to flush the soils of salts periodically.
A complex and detailed question?
Dead or dormant?
I would say there is still hope for the Sarracenia. The problem is there is too much water. These are bog plants, which generally means they prefer very moist soils, but not where the water line is above the soil like you would do for a pond plant. And in a terrarium where the water is not moving, the water needs to be able to go down.
I recommend carefully tipping the terrarium over to get all the water out, holding the plant in place as best you can. When you water, add enough to let the water sit at the bottom just high enough to get above the charcoal and into the soil, and then let the water go down below the soil/charcoal line before adding more water.
Hopefully there will be new growth within a couple weeks.
Thanks to Anne we are having a lot of success this year with our carnivorous plants!
Here we have 3 plants and some of Anne’s great new basic care and prop info to go with it. Enjoy!
Dionaea muscipula “Dente” is the small-toothed Venus Fly Trap of lore. Will eat rats and pigeons when it has grown big enough. Which should be any minute now.
Dionea (Venus Fly Trap): Grow using the tray method year round. Hardy outside year round in the Bay Area and can take full sun once hardened off.
Sarracenia purpurea is a lower growing Pitcher Plant from the swamps of the Allegheny Mountains. I wonder if that’s true? No, sadly it’s not. There are no swamps once you get high enough up in the Alleghenys. Good to know.
Sarracenia (American, or Temperate, Pitcher Plant): Grow using the tray method year round. Hardy outside year round in the Bay Area and can take full sun once hardened off.
Soil: equal parts peat, sand, and pumice
Pinguicula moctezumae is a Butterwort from Mexico. It looks like it has had a hardy meal.
Pinguicula (Butterwort): The species that we currently carry, Pinguicula moctezumae, is a Mexican species which grows in an environment where it has warm wet summers and cool dry winters.
Thanks, Anne for all the great info!
Anne found an article on the Beeb letting us know that Nepenthes can sometimes glow blue.
How blue? Well, blue enough that it looks like the carnivorous plants have cold lips.
Carnivorous Plants are just getting a real workout here on the blog recently.
Sarracenia alata is our newest species. It’s also known as Yellow Trumpets or Pale Pitcher Plant, and it hails from the Gulf Coast area. Most commonly from Mississippi.
The Sarracenia rubra are looking particularly fresh today. Some might say they’re chatting with each other. Yacking away through the summertime.
Another picture after the break… (more…)