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Miniature Huntsman Horn Sarracenia rubra

Phonetic Spelling
sair-ah-SEEN-ee-ah ROO-bruh
Description

Sweet Pitcher Plant is a  carnivorous plant native to SE USA. It quickly grows to form clumps of 12-24 inch tall pitchers as leaves with digestive juices in the bottom of the tube. They are generally green to copper colored with red veining and a hood over the top to help prevent rain from getting inside. Downward facing hairs and nectar secreting glands help lure insects into the tube. The pitchers produced in spring tend to be smaller and floppier than the ones produced in summer. The flowers have long strap-like red petals and are produced April-June.

They grow in infertile, acidic mucky soils in swamps, bogs and stream banks in sunny locations. Similar conditions must be met in the home bog garden to successfully grow these plants. It is also possible to grow them in a container.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Five subspecies
Five subspecies
Tags:
#fragrant flowers#carnivorous#NC native#native garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Five subspecies
Five subspecies
Tags:
#fragrant flowers#carnivorous#NC native#native garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sarracenia
    Species:
    rubra
    Family:
    Sarraceniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE USA
    Distribution:
    GA, NC, SC
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Carnivorous
    Native Plant
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Moist
    Occasional Flooding
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    5-parted seed capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Red-maroon flowers have 5 long strap-like petals that dangle over the umbrella-like style. Sweet-scented
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Narrow, green, heavily veined, upright pitchers. Top of the pitcher is marbled reddish brown. Summer-produced pitchers are more robust than those produced in spring.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Riparian
    Landscape Theme:
    Water Garden