Sarracenia flava Seeds
Ease to Grow: Easy
Native Range: Wet Pocosins of Coastal Southeastern North America
Zones: 7-9 (6-10)
The traps of Yellow Pitcher Plants, Sarracenia flava flava, are predominantly yellowish green, and vivid buttery yellow in full sun. It has prominent dark red veins that branch out from a blotch of red in the throat. It is a naturally occurring variety of S. flava from North Carolina, and is often referred to as the 'typical' form. The nectar glands along the hood margins and throat are very productive, and attract many flying insects, particularly wasps. S. flava flava 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. This is a pitcher plant for the collection or garden, and will grow in northern zones with winter protection. Sarracenia flava was one of the first pitcher plants to be discovered by European naturalists in the 1600s.
Seed Packs are fresh harvested in Fall, and stored refrigerated. Seed count is approximate, but reliable.
Note: Stratification is required to prepare seeds for germination. All seeds are produced from open pollination within our collection. Some cross pollination may occur, and seed offspring may or may not be true to mother plant, though not likely with this species. Growing carnivorous plants from seeds is best suited for the experienced and patient grower. See our webpage on Growing CPs from Seeds.
Height: 12" - 32"
Plant Type: Perennial, temperate
Soil: Upper Bog Mix or General CP Mix
Light: Bright indoors, full sun outdoors
Use: Grows well in the bog garden, greenhouse and indoors. It is an excellent accent plant.