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Sarracenia flava var. cuprea (Copper Top Pitcher Plant)

Copper Top Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia flava copper lid, Coppery Yellow Pitcher Plant


Sarracenia flava var. cuprea (Copper Top Pitcher Plant) is a carnivorous perennial prized for its upright, slender greenish-yellow pitchers adorned with copper colored outer lids and prominent red veining. In spring, before the pitchers fully develop, bright yellow flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), rich of 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. 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 12-28 in. tall (30-70 cm) and 12-24 in. wide (30-60 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in consistently moist but sharply drained 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 moth.
  • 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.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Sarracenia - Pitcher Plants
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Northeast, New Jersey, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Sarracenia - Pitcher Plants
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Northeast, New Jersey, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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