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Hooded Pitcher Plant Sarracenia minor

Phonetic Spelling
sair-ah-SEEN-ee-ah MY-nor
Description

Hooded Pitcher Plant is a deciduous perennial carnivorous plant native to the SE coastal areas of the USA. It is found in the southern portions of coastal NC. They grow in swampy areas with poor soils and have adapted by becoming able to digest small bugs. The "tube" is actually the leaves of the plant and bugs are lured inside and digested. The light spots on the back of the hood, or "windows", are meant to confuse flying insects by making them think its a way out. Flowers are yellow and occur late winter to early spring. The plants spread mostly by rhizomes.

To grow these plants at home a boggy area needs prepared of an acidic, humusy muck that is constantly damp to wet in full sun. The crown should not be below the waterline. They could also be grown in a container but do not use potting soil or fertilizer.  Peat and perlite/vermiculite combination is a good choice. The old leaves will die down in winter. 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Okefenokee Giant'
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#container plant#carnivorous#NC native#native garden#bogs
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Okefenokee Giant'
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#container plant#carnivorous#NC native#native garden#bogs
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sarracenia
    Species:
    minor
    Family:
    Sarraceniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North Caroline to Florida
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Carnivorous
    Native Plant
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    NC Region:
    Coastal
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Capsule with many seeds
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    2.5" nodding light yellow flowers on stems shorter than the pitchers. Blooms March to May.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Green pitchers. Expanded upper part and domed canopy id covered with purple veins and white blotches on the rear portion of the pitcher. Windows in the back of the pitcher.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Water Garden