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Yellow Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia flava variety maxima

A pure yellow-green variety of pitcher plant has no red markings on its leaves and jumps out when planted among more brightly colored plants. Dramatic yellow flowers emerge before the leaves which extend its long season of interest. Hardy in zones 6 (with protection) through 9.

 

Yellow Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia flava variety maxima) showing no red markings in the upper sections of the pitchers

 

 

Pot size: 4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep (32 fl. oz)

flowering size plants

 

 

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Habit

  • 24 to 36 in. tall
  • 8 to 12 in. wide in 3 to 5 years
  • How to Grow

  • Full sun
  • Peat based growing medium with a high water table, 4 to 8 in. below the surface
  • Only water with rain, distilled, or reverse osmosis water
  • Trim dead parts of leaves off to keep plants looking attractive
  • Where to plant

  • Bog gardens
  • Large tubs with the drainage holes covered and several ¼ to ½ in. holes drilled 4 in. down from the top of the tub to mimic their pitcher plant bog habitat
  • Pots placed in a saucer of water low in minerals (rain, distilled, or reverse osmosis water)
  • Wildlife

    The flowers are pollinated by:

  • Bumble bees
  • Taller species of pitcher plants often create their own ecosystems where green tree frogs and green lynx spiders hang out around and in the pitchers and wait to ambush prey.

     

    In our trials pitcher plants have proven to be very resistant to deer browsing. However, if deer pressure is high or food is scarce, damage may occur.

    Native habitat and range

  • Wet savannas, edges of pocosins (evergreen shrub bogs), and seepage bogs
  • Coastal plain from North Carolina to Florida panhandle
  • Source and origin

    Plants are divided off plants we grew from seed collected from a Pender County, NC savanna.

    Comments

    The naming of variety maxima is misleading as it is not in reference to the size of the pitchers or plants which are neither larger or smaller than other varieties of Sarracenia flava.

    Propagation

    Seed germinates after being exposed to a cool moist period. Plants will naturally hybridize with other pitcher plants if they are flowering at the same time, creating plants that may be different than either parent. Plants can also be divided late winter or early spring before the pitchers start to emerge.

     

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