A Sarracenia hybrid, Scarlet Belle is a cross between the white top pitcher (Sarracenia leucophylla) and the parrot pitcher (Sarracenia psittacina). Also known as S x wrigleyana, it’s winter hardy to around -12°C.
The small, beautifully hooded pitchers grow in a low rosette to around 10-20cm (4-8in) and use a lobster pot method to trap prey. Each pitcher has a small entrance at its mouth, into which the insect crawls in search of nectar which is produced by the plant on the rim. The hapless invertebrate is then confused by what appears to be light shining through false windows and crawls toward the brighter area down into the pitcher. Criss-crossed downward-facing hairs densely line the interior of the pitcher, forcing the prey further into the pitcher to an area where digestive enzymes do their job!
A robust plant, it matures and spreads quite quickly with its main growth is in the spring and late summer. Sarracenia 'Scarlet Belle' is also keeps its foliage much longer into dormancy than many other varieties of Sarracenia and has a very high tolerance to cold.
The colour of Scarlet Belle is best under full sun, although the plant tolerates lower light and will still develop nice colour. Plants do need 6 or more hours of direct sunlight however to thrive.
Supplied as a large established plant in a 9cm pot, much bigger than plants offered for sale elsewhere, ready to give you an instant pest clearing service!
How to grow Sarracenia 'Scarlet Belle'