Sarracenia flava cuprea
Ease to Grow: Easy
Native Range: Wet Pocosins of Coastal Southeastern North America
Zones: 7-9 (6-10)
The traps of the Copper Top Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia flava cuprea express a distinctive bronze colored hood and upper trap, that can appear copper in full sun The rest of the leaf has a yellowish green to vivid yellow cast. The bronze color can darken by Summer. This is a naturally occurring variety of S. flava in the Atlantic Plain, particularly the Carolinas. It is often referred to as the 'copper top' form. S. flava cuprea grows well in wet bog soil. It has its best traps in Spring when they are considerably larger and sturdier. They fade by Summer and develop phyllodia (flat leaves) that persist through winter. The very large and showy flowers are yellow, and fragrant. They are one of the largest and most spectacular blooms within the Sarracenia. They generally bloom from March to May before the pitchers fully develop. It is a wonderful plant for the bog garden or collection, and will grow in northern zones with protection. Sarracenia flava was one of the first pitcher plants to be discovered by European naturalists in the 1600s.
Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. In it's dormant season, it will be shipped as a dormant rhizome with trimmed off pitchers. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped. Veining and coloration may vary because these are a seed strain.
Plant Type: Perennial, Temperate
Soil: Upper Bog Mix or All Purpose Mix
Light: Bright indoors, full sun outdoors
Use: Grows well in the bog garden, greenhouse and indoors. It is an excellent accent plant.