Hooded Pitcher Plant - Sarracenia minor
This listing is for a pack of 10 fresh seeds complete with detailed cultural instructions.
This is a fairly wide ranging Pitcher plant occuring in the Atlantic coastal areas from North Carolina down to Lake Okeechobee in Florida. Despite its Latin name, the pitchers can be quite large, especially in the southerly areas of its range. Naturally occurring in damp, boggy areas, they have developed to make up for the lack of nutrition in the soil by 'providing their own'. It grows in areas that are encompassed by Zone 9 and Zone 8, so would be hardy in many areas, in particular those near the coast or inland where a sheltered aspect exists. Elsewhere it can be grown outside in pots and given protection in the winter months by placing it under cover.
Easy from seed, it will produce the charactersitic pitchers in the 2nd year from seed and is quite a long lived species. As the name suggests the pitchers are green and purple and initially filled with a mix containing digestive enzymes which will digest any insects that fall into them. As the pitchers age (each may last for two seasons), they become inhabited with a whole host of micro organisms and insect larvae which help 'recycle' any insects which fall into them and thus making further nutrients available to the plant.
Of all of the carnivorous plants, these are by far the easiest group to grow and will make fascinating addition to any garden where sufficient moisture can be provided.