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Sarracenia 'Scarlet Belle' (Pitcher Plant)

Pitcher Plant 'Scarlet Belle', Sarracenia x wrigleyana


Sarracenia 'Scarlet Belle' (Pitcher Plant) is a carnivorous perennial prized for the vivid colors of its intriguingly shaped pitchers. Fast growing, the rounded white pitchers are adorned with rich burgundy veining and a narrow hood. They are held horizontally against the ground forming a flattened rosette. Prolific, one plant can produce up to 100 pitchers. Typically blooming in spring, before new pitchers fully develop, the flowers are small, dark burgundy, and fragrant. Scarlet Belle is the result of a cross between S. leucophylla and S. psittacina. It performs well in shade or bright sun, tolerates soil moisture levels ranging from very wet to almost dry, and maintains a compact, spreading and open form. 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 4-8 in. tall (10-20 cm) and 15 in. wide (37 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun to part shade 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 moth.
  • Propagate 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, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 4" – 8" (10cm – 20cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" (37cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance High
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Sarracenia - Pitcher Plants
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 4" – 8" (10cm – 20cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" (37cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance High
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens

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