Sarracenia x excellens
Ease to Grow: Easy
Parental Native Range: Wet Pocosins of Northern Florida
Zones: 6-8 (5-9)
Sarracenia x excellens is a rare, naturally occurring hybrid, S. leucophylla x minor with tall, erect multi-colored pitchers accented with rows of white areole (windows) and a heavy network of scarlet red and purple veins. The hoods are broad and undulating with ruffled margins. They are tinted a pinkish red, and arch over the trap opening. It is a vigorous grower and forms large full colonies. As with other S. leucophylla hybrids, it has a nice show of Spring pitchers, but a great show of large, vigorous and stout Fall pitchers. S. x excellens prefers open, sunny, boggy conditions, and holds its color into the frost. The orange to reddish-orange are unusual for a pitcher plants. The flowers are fragrant, and bloom mid-season. This is an excellent accent plant for the bog garden, and is very showy in large numbers. This hybrid was named in 1885 after its "excellent" appearance.
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 hybrid, and not the specific plant shipped.
Height: 12" - 16"
Plant Type: Perennial, Temperate
Soil: Upper Bog Mix or All Purpose Mix
Light: Bright indoors, full sun to partial sun outdoors
Use: Grows well in the bog garden, greenhouse and indoors. Excellent accent plant.