The Sarracenia (Sa-Ra-CEEN-Nee-Ah) is an eye-catching and very interesting carnivorous plant that can be found on every continent except Antarctica!
Comes in a 9cm pot and can grow up to 1m in height.
There are over 300 species of Pitcher Plants found all over the world.
All Sarracenia have pitfall traps that are filled with digestive juices.
The plant produces nectar, which lures insects to the plant. After trying some nectar, many insects move up to the pitcher and then fall into the trap. This means that the plant doesn't have to move at all to eat!
Carnivorous plants evolved to eat insects due to growing in awful conditions with next to no nutrients in the soil. This means that they get all their nitrogen and phosphorus only from the insects they eat and not from the soil.
Care and tips:
🌞 = Thrives on bright sunlight, so will be a perfect window plant. They can tolerate indirect light but will have slower growth.
💧= Soil should always be damp to the touch but not soggy. They love a humid environment so would thrive in a kitchen or bathroom. Try to water with rainwater or distilled as much as possible to help your plant.
Water from underneath where possible to avoid damaging the moss it grows on top of the soil that helps to retain water.
🐶🐱👶= Toxic if eaten so keep out of reach of tiny humans and furry creatures.
Sarracenia can be propagated at home by division or by seed. If your Sarracenia is happy, the rhizome will grow and new rosettes will emerge close to your original plant. These babies can be divided carefully from the main clump, but your parent plant may take a year or two to recover from the cutting before it returns to a normal growth state.
Modified leaf cuttings may also work if you take the entire leaf with a small amount of rhizome attached to the base.
Also, you can stimulate new shoot formation along the rhizome by "notching" which is the process of cutting a "v" a few millimetres deep into the top of the rhizome at an old leaf node.
Things to look out for:
Overwatering: leaves and stems go mushy. They can also go a yellow/brown colour.
Underwatering: Stem, leaves will shrivel up and fall off.
Other common names for this plant:
- Common Pitcher Plant
- Adam's cup
- Carrion flower
- Dumb watches
- False foxglove
- Ever cup
- Fly trap
- Huntsman's cup
- Huntsman's horn
- Indian cup
- Indian tea kettle
- Meadow cup
- Purple sidesaddle flower
- St Jacob's dipper
- St John's dipper
- Trumpet leaf
- Whip-poor-will's boots
- Whip-poor-will's shoes
Like humans, plants come in all shapes and sizes; but are all beautiful in their own way, therefore the actual plant you receive may differ from the pictures shown, but we always make sure it's of the best quality and of the sizes specified.
We will only send plants that we would buy ourselves.