Cobra Lily


Cobra Lily

Ease to Grow: Moderate to challenging.
Dormancy: Required.
Native Range: Serpentine streams of coastal Mts, CA/OR.
Zones: 6-9 (5-10).

Darlingtonia californica or the Cobra Lily is in a class by itself among North American pitcher plants. It's tall, twisting lime-green tubes form a bulbous hood with numerous large windows. An appendage resembling a forked tongue hangs from the opening on the underside of the hood. Generally a lime-green, it develops a red tint in full sun. The hoods are richly laced with large white areoles (windows). Its traps are the most complex of all pitcher plants. Darlingtonia is clump forming, and with underground stolons, develops a nice colony in time. It grows in serpentine gravel soils along cold, fast running mountain streams in zones 9-6. Darlingtonia struggles in cultivation where its roots are not kept wet and cool (50s°F). Despite this challenge, the Cobra Lily is a curious, and much sought-after specimen. Flowers are yellow and bell-shaped, resembling small Sarracenia. The small flowers are green and red. They generally bloom from April to July before the pitchers fully develop. Winter foliage stays green. Darlingtonia is named in honor of William Darlington, a 19th century botanist from Pennsylvania. It is a monospecific species. This stock is a mix of coastal and mountain forms of Darlingtonia. Our choice based on availability.

Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. In it's dormant season, it will be shipped as a dormant rhizome. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.

Height: 8"- 40".
Plant Type: Perennial, temperate.
Soil: Live Sphagnum Moss, Nepenthes Mix or General CP Mix with Fir Bark.
Light: Bright indoors, full sun to partial sun outdoors.
Use: Bog garden, greenhouse and indoors. Excellent accent plant.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Great little guy

I ordered these in the heat of summer for my daughter’s birthday and was very pleased when they arrived quickly and healthy!

Hal Michael
Cobra Lillies

These are my long-time favorite carnivore. We moved and I needed new ones. So far, they are growing slowly. Hard to know what the future holds but hopeful.

Donna Floyd

I am always happy with my purchases from here! This plant arrived healthy and well packaged, and it is thriving. Thank you for another beautiful addition to my collection!

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