Also known as trumpet pitchers, these are the pitcher plants of the USA and are probably the easiest to grow of the carnivorous plants - many varieties can even be grown outside, and here in Lincolnshire we grow S. flava hybrid in a bog garden outside all year round.
The American Pitcher Plants certainly have it all, beautiful looks, amazing flowers and of course that gruesome habit of trapping their own food - fascinating for kids and big kids alike!
The tall vases are actually modified leaves and they work by enticing insects with a mixture of bloody colour, scent and the promise of a quick nectar fix. Visitors slip into the pitchers courtesy of a waxy surface and resistance as they say is futile as downward pointing hairs prevent escape. The hapless victims are then poisoned and dissolved in the soup of digestive enzymes.
Sarracenias are easily hybridised, that is species cross readily, creating unusual and much sought-after varieties which is why they are so collectable. These hybrids are also very vigorous which makes them ideal as a starter plant for would-be collectors and growers.
Supplied as a collection of 3 plants in 6cm pots, ready to go straight onto your windowsill.
Growing Sarracenia Pitcher Plants