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Sarracenia flava (Yellow Pitcher Plant)

Yellow Pitcher Plant, Golden Trumpet, Yellow Trumpet, Yellow Pitcherplant, Huntsman's Horn

Sarracenia flava, Yellow Pitcher Plant, Golden Trumpet, Yellow Trumpet, Yellow Pitcherplant, Huntsman's Horn, Carnivorous Flowers

Sarracenia flava (Yellow Pitcher Plant) is a carnivorous perennial prized for its upright, slender yellow-green pitchers with erect lids, and dangling yellow flowers. In spring, before the pitchers fully develop, bright yellow flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), rich with a strong musty fragrance, rise singly atop leafless stalks where they bend over to some degree. New pitcher leaves appear in spring and summer replacing old leaves that die and fall off. The pitchers feature prominently reddish or purplish veins in the throat, where their lid connects to the tubular part of the pitcher. Yellow Pitcher Plant is very effective at trapping and killing insects. Lured by the attractive leaf color, insects that land on the lids get paralyzed by the nectar. They fall down into a digestive fluid at the bottom of the pitcher where they will decompose and nutrients get absorbed. This plant is best grown in the consistently moist soils of a bog garden or in containers. It is a great addition to the neutral to acid water garden.

  • Grows up to 18-36 in. tall and wide (45-90 cm). Sarracenia flava can grow in dense colonies where happy.
  • Thrives in full sun in consistently moist to wet, acid soil. Irrigate with lime-free water and do not fertilize plantings. Soils must never dry out, but plant crowns should not sit for prolonged periods in water. Mulch with pine needles in winter to protect plants from cold temperatures.
  • Generally disease free. Keep an eye out for scale insects, mealybugs, aphids, and tortrix moths.
  • Propagate by seed, but the plant will not flower for the first 4-5 years. Easiest propagation is by rhizome division.
  • Native to the southeastern United States.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 10
Heat Zones 7 - 10
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Sarraceniaceae
Genus Sarracenia
Common names Pitcher Plant
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spacing 30" - 36"
(80cm - 90cm)
Maintenance High
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Northeast, South Carolina, Southeast, United States, Virginia
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 10
Heat Zones 7 - 10
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Sarraceniaceae
Genus Sarracenia
Common names Pitcher Plant
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spacing 30" - 36"
(80cm - 90cm)
Maintenance High
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Northeast, South Carolina, Southeast, United States, Virginia
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow
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