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Sarracenia alata - Pale Pitcher Plant
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Sarracenia alata - Pale Pitcher Plant

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This listing is for a pack of 10 fresh seeds complete with detailed cultural instructions.

This pitcher plant has a relatively small range in Texas, Louisiana and Alabama.  It grows in large stands, among the largest founf in the New World pitcher plants. Due to its southerly range it is  hardy only to Zone 8, meaning in most cold temperate areas it will need some winter protection. Naturally occurring in damp, boggy areas, they have developed to make up for the lack of nutrition in the soil by 'providing their own'.

Easy from seed, it will produce the charactersitic pitchers in the 2nd year from seed and is quite reaonably long lived species.  As the name suggests the pitchers are paler than most other species and are 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.

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