Sarracenia x catesbaei

Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: Recommended
Native Range: Wet Pocosins and peat bogs of Southeastern North America

Zones: 5-8 (4-9)

Catesby's Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia x catesbaei is a robust, vigorous growing hybrid with delightful yellow-green and orange traps, and wide red veins. It has a broad, flaring hood with ruffles, and is richly covered with dark red veins and bands. It is striking in full sun when the traps develop their darkest colors. In the Winter it frequently turns a gorgeous deep reddish purple color. The pitcher is thick and waxy and stands upright and stout. It tends to clump and form large colonies, about 2 feet across. Traps hold their color through the Winter. It is a fragrant, early Spring bloomer with orangey-pink blossoms on 12 inch scapes, that flower well before the new traps develop. Flower stalks and sepals last through the year, resembling green daffodils. It is native from Virginia to Florida where the parent species' ranges overlap, and is hardy to zone 4. It is well-suited for terrariums and the backyard bog garden north into Canada with winter protection. S. x catesbaei is a naturally occurring hybrid of S. flava x purpurea. It was one the first hybrid pitcher plants to be encountered by Europeans. The name honors English naturalist Mark Catesby who explored the Carolinas in the 1720's.

Catesbaei Pitcher Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. In its dormant season, it will be shipped as a dormant rhizome with trimmed-off pitchers. Photographs are representative of the hybrid, and not the specific plant shipped.

Height: 6" - 10".
Plant Type: Perennial, Temperate
Soil: Upper Bog Mix or All Purpose Mix
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, full sun to partial sun outdoors
Use: Grows well in the bog garden, greenhouse and indoors. It is an excellent accent terrarium plant.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Susan Farrington

The small size is definitely very small! But it looks great and was packed well and I’m sure will grow fast next spring. I potted it up with other carnivores to spend the winter in my cold greenhouse.


planted carefully and 2 of 3 died

Kathy England

Too early to tell. Still dormant

Veronice Gardner
As always beautiful

Healthy, beautiful and carefully packed.

Nick Zurasky

Beautiful plant and the entire order was packed with care.

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