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Flycatcher Sarracenia alata

Previously known as:

  • Sarracenia sledgei
Phonetic Spelling
sair-ah-SEEN-ee-ah ah-LAH-tah
Description

The flowers of this plant hang at the tip of its leafless stems.  The flowers are large in comparison to the leaves.  Each stalk has one flower.  

Native to marshes and bogs, pinelands and wet forest floors in the southeastern US states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.  In pine forests, it can be found in areas that are not dense with pine, but with meadow-like openings.  Typically, these openings will be waterlogged due to dense soils that lead to high acid in the soil and low nitrogen.  The plants will look to insects for nutrients. 

Insects are attracted to the pitcher shaped leaves by droplets of nectar on the leaf along with reddish veins on the open portion of the leaf. The pitcher shaped leaves contain a pool of water.  As the insect makes its way to the water, it will encounter downward-pointing hairs that prevent the insect from exiting. The water-pool contains insect-digesting enzymes that assist the plant in digesting the insect.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sarracenia
    Species:
    alata
    Family:
    Sarraceniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Alabama to Texas
    Distribution:
    AL, LA, MS, TX
    Wildlife Value:
    A nectar source for insects.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Carnivorous
    Herb
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Tall, upright yellow pitchers, produced throughout the growing season. Short stiff hairs point downward. Very slippery inside.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Water Garden