Sarracenia x Red Bug

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Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: Recommended
Parental Native Range: Wet Pocosins of the Gulf Coast and Southeastern North America
Zones: 6-8 (5-9)

Sarracenia x Red Bug is a stout cultivar with rufous red pitchers and rounded red hoods. The pitchers are laced with fine dark red veins on a dark green background, and covered with distinct fine hairs creating a velvety appearance. The pitcher tops are slightly swollen and the narrow hood arches over the trap opening. Nectar glands around the lip attract many insects. It is very vigorous and readily forms dense colonies. It prefers open, sunny boggy conditions, and holds its color into the frost. The small flowers are very numerous, red and spicy fragrant. They generally bloom mid-season. Red Bug will add rich interest in your bog garden, collection or tall terrarium. Red Bug originated as a single plant that was a natural hybrid S. rubra wherryi x rubra rubra. It was selected for its delightful features and cloned in tissue culture to become one of the cultivars of the Bug Series, compact/stout growers, from the Horticultural Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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 cultivar, and not the specific plant shipped.

Height: 6" - 8".
Plant Type: Perennial, temperate.
Soil: Lower Bog Mix or General CP Mix.
Light: Bright indoors, full sun to partial sun outdoors.
Use: Grows well in the bog garden, greenhouse and indoors. It is suitable for a tall terrarium.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Robert Brown
Going great!

This is my second order with Carnivorous Plant Nursery and both plants arrived in great shape and are growing perfectly. My Red Bug had 2 fully formed pitchers on it and looks fantastic and I look forward to watching it grow. Completely satisfied!

Jennie Tran
Healthy Plant, don't do what I did

This Sarracenia Red Bug was well protected with 2 other plants I purchased along with some potting medium. The package came on the weekend so I guessed on which direction the roots and rhizome should have been sitting in the new lower box mix. Thankfully the staff at Carnivorous Plant Nursery is responsive and let me know that the rhizome is supposed to grow parallel to the soil surface. That's not what I did... it was suggested that I repot in the fall when it goes into dormancy. Plus that will give me an opportunity to put the medium sized Sarracenia into a proper size pot about 6". Don't make my rookie mistake, just remember roots down, plant pitchers up and the staff here is very helpful.

Chris Montague
Even better in person

I had wanted a red sarracenia and not quite sure why I settled on this one. However it arrived healthy with multiple pitchers! They even started to get to work ridding my backyard of flies while I was potting up the rest of my order. It’s a really lovely maroon red color, and seems to be doing well. I feel like it does look a lot nicer in person than through the photos here or the one I took. Again, I really like the red coloring on these. There was one small immature pitcher that did get damaged in transit, but the rest of the plant is fine. It should replace that in no time at all. Especially with the pitchers that are almost half full of bugs. Should have plenty of nutrition. Great packaging again 5/5 stars. Definitely consider buying more from this nursery again!


Arrived in great condition. Potted well and is thriving outside in full sun.

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