Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous Plants14 Oct 2013 01:42 pm

The post below shows all the pretty and photogenic Pitcher Plants in their native habitat: In front of a beautiful black background ready for their closeup.

Here we see them growing as quickly as they can before the winter dormancy period arrives. I hope we have enough flies to feed them all.

Pitcher Plants

Carnivorous Plants14 Oct 2013 08:26 am

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 minor


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.




Carnivorous Plants06 Sep 2013 07:19 am


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.

Carnivorous Plants&Questions03 Sep 2013 11:19 am

A complex and detailed question?

Carnivorous plant

carnivorous plant terrariums

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.


Carnivorous Plants&Nursery26 Aug 2013 11:49 am


Our latest soil in our Ultra Soil collection is also Anne’s first new product. It’s our Carnivorous Plant Blend. You know you want some. We’ll even ship it if you ask.

Thanks, Anne!

Carnivorous Plants22 Jun 2013 10:49 am

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!

Carnivorous Plants10 May 2013 08:35 am

Anne’s latest creation is a Carnivorous Terrarium.

carnivorous terrarium


You can come in to the store and talk to Anne about Carnivores. She likes them.

Carnivorous Plants03 May 2013 01:55 pm

Dionaea muscipula Dente

Dionaea muscipula “Dente” has caught a fly.

Carnivorous Plants&News24 Feb 2013 03:13 pm

Anne found an article on the Beeb letting us know that Nepenthes can sometimes glow blue.

Yes, blue.

How blue? Well, blue enough that it looks like the carnivorous plants have cold lips.

Carnivorous Plants06 Sep 2012 10:01 am

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.

Botanic Gardens&Carnivorous Plants03 Sep 2012 07:52 am

Carnivorous plants at the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden.

Sarracenia leucophylla. Nice big-throated pitchers. Interesting red veining amid the white coloration.

Big fat Sarracenia purpurea, very dark in the full sun.

Carnivorous Plants27 Aug 2012 09:46 am


Dionaea muscipula has caught a big juicy fly.

Botanic Gardens&Carnivorous Plants26 Aug 2012 10:07 am

The UC Botanical Garden has a lot of Pitcher Plants in their collection. Here we see an entire display of just Sarracenias.


Carnivorous Plants21 Jul 2012 06:48 am

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…)

Carnivorous Plants&Photography14 Jul 2012 12:26 pm

Sarracenia “Cobra Nest” is a hybrid from unknown parentage. But the one thing we do know, besides that it gets about 12″ high that is, and likes acidic water and lives in a bog and prefers full sun, I mean besides all that, is that is VERY PHOTOGENIC!

Carnivorous Plants&Photography13 Apr 2012 11:03 am

It’s been a long cold winter for the Pitcher Plants, but they’re finally ready to come out for spring.

Sarracenia flava

These are spectacular, even if they don’t have a lot of pitchers – big and blooming too. Very distinctive. Great form! I give them a 9.6.

Sarracenia purpurea, not sure the subspecies, but they are full and very veiny. A bit more common than the flavas, but not as subtle. 8.7 is all they can garner from my scoring machine. Maybe I should revisit the point system and the computer algorithm.

Carnivorous Plants&Questions29 Jun 2011 08:25 am

hi there!

i picked up a Sarracenia purpurea while i was there a few weeks ago, and was wondering if you guys had more information about the plant [subspecies/origin]?

thanks for your time!



The plant is from the east coast, and is quite cold hardy even surviving up into Canada. As far as we know, the plants we sell are not a subspecies; we get them from a grower back East.

The pitchers create a digestive enzyme in the base that digests the prey, and the neck of the pitchers are lined with hairs that keep the flies and such from climbing back out. Over time the digestive juices are replaced in older pitchers by bacteria and protozoa that digest the prey and make the nutrients available to the plants.


Here is an awesome botanical illustration from a long long time ago.

Oldest known picture of Sarracenia purpurea, from Clusius’ “Rariorum plantarum historia”, cf. 18, 1601

And in habitat in North Carolina.

1985. Horse Cove bog, near Highlands, Macon County, North Carolina, United States
Sturgis McKeever, Georgia Southern University

Carnivorous Plants&News26 May 2011 05:36 am


Dame Helen Mirren is presented with a nepenthes cultivar (a new variety of the carnivorous pitcher plant), Nepenthes ‘Helen’ named in her honour. Doesn’t she look pleased?

Blogs&Carnivorous Plants23 Mar 2011 01:42 pm

Blogs that caught my eye today include:

All Andrew’s Plants has new pitchers growing on his Nepenthes. We always like to see new pitchers growing. And it seems there are new pitchers on Far Out Flora‘s Nepenthes too! Carnivorous tidings!

Bamboo and More is quietly enjoying the rainy weather through a lens.

The Pitcher Plant Project also has some new carnivorous pitchers growing, but these are the other type of Pitcher Plant, the Sarracenias.

Carnivorous Plants&News11 Feb 2011 08:27 am

Just in time for Valentine’s Day we’re finally bringing out some new Sarracenias.

And the Pinguiculas are blooming too.

Now you know? You do! You do know!

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