Sarracenia x excellens


Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: Recommended
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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews

Stunning specimen, well packaged and in great condition. Already shooting out taller since it arrived. Will move it outdoors soon!


Absolutely love my Sarracenia! Package perfectly, no damage at all to the plants. Will buy again from seller!!

Chris Montague
One pitcher, but a voracious appetite

I had ordered a medium sized plant and I got a much bigger pitcher than expected. Almost a foot tall, and I was pretty excited! It only had one pitcher, but it looks like another is growing in. A few days on and it’s taken well to being potted and captured plenty of flies. It’s surprisingly effective even with just one pitcher! Also an extra 5/5 for the care in packing it. The single pitcher coming out of the rhizome looks so fragile and yet it arrived in one piece in perfect health.

My first serracenia

I purchased the small size and received a healthy little rhizome with one pitcher. The pitcher got a little bent in shipping but is still standing strong and has even caught a couple fruit flies. Very cute. I love it.

Mark A Bauer, MD
Almost Perfect

I have owned several different Sarracenia plants. This is my first S. X excellens, with the typical "X" tipping of the hood. Colors are beautiful, bold and typical for S. leucophylla. My plant came with two large (tall) pitchers. However, one was dying with the upper end dark, dry, and somewhat crushed. Actually I was crushed to see the loss of this giant plant. I am intrigued by the excellens plant, its size and appearance. I look forward to watching hornets, wasps and bees crawl under the lid and slip in. The survivor is the sole excellens among 40-plus other carnivorous plants. Except for the loss of the second plant--likely from the trip from Maryland--this would have been a 5-plus star purchase.

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