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'Tarnok' Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia leucophylla 'Tarnok'

'Tarnok' is a very unusual selection of the showy white pitcher plant and has flowers that look like they belong in another world. Other than its bizarre flowers, the leaves are the same as other plants found in the wild. Hardy in zone 6 (with protection) through 9.

 

'Tarnok' Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia leucophylla 'Tarnok') starting to flower just as the new pitchers begin to open

 

 

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
  • 12 to 18 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
  • Along the gulf coast in Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama
  • Source and origin

    Named after Mr. Coleman Tarnok who discovered it growing in Baldwin County, Alabama in the 1970s and registered as a cultivar in 1993.

    Propagation

    To maintain its unique qualities, plants must only be propagated by division. Late winter or early spring, before growth starts, is usually the easiest time for both plant and gardener.

     

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