Ease to Grow: Easy
Native Range: Mountain Wetlands of Southeastern North America
Zones: 7-9 (6-10)
The Green or Mountain Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia oreophila, is the most endangered Sarracenia species. It is known to exist in just a few mountain sites in North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. It is the only Sarracenia that does not grow in the coastal plain. Spring pitchers resemble those of S. flava with light chocolate veining. In full sun they develop a golden yellow-green color. Fall pitchers are curved phyllodia, flattened pitchers. S. oreophila grows naturally along shady, sandy stream banks. In April and May the large and showy flowers are pale yellow, and fragrant. The Green Pitcher Plant is the only Sarracenia that flowers when the first pitchers appear, rather than before, like most pitcher plants. They are robust growers, and can tolerate less wet conditions in the Summer. The Green Pitcher Plant is a wonderful plant for the bog garden or collection, and will grow in northern zones with protection.
Efforts to preserve the species include restricted distribution from a few federally permitted nurseries, such as Carnivorous Plant Nursery.
Native Endangered Species - Interstate Commerce Permit Number: ESPER1408431 available here.
Note: WARNING - Plant(s) and any resulting seeds/progeny may not be planted on federal property or distributed without a federal permit.
Unless potted option is selected, 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.