Ease to Grow: Easy
Native Range: Wet Pocosins of Coastal Southeastern North America
Zones: 6-8 (5-9)
The Hooded Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia minor is a short southern pitcher plant with erect yellowish green pitchers, and a rounded hood that arches over the opening. The hood is frequently tinted bronze or pink in full sun. Rows of white areoles (windows) dominate the upper back portions of the tubes. The most common prey are ants. It tends to form colonies up to 2 feet across. S. minor is very showy, and superficially resembles the California Cobra Lily. The flowers are mildly fragrant (watermelon scented) and pale yellow-green. They generally bloom from March to May while producing pitchers. With proper care, Sarracenia minor flower stalks and sepals last through the year, resembling green daffodils. Pitchers can persist and hold their color into light winters. This small pitcher plant is native from Florida to the Carolinas. It prefers moist habitats, but is tolerant of the upper, more drained areas of pocosins. It is well-suited for tall terrariums and backyard bog gardens, even in the North with winter protection.
Hooded Pitcher 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 the species and not the specific Sarracenia minor for sale. Veining and coloration may vary because these are a seed strain.