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Sarracenia flava v rugelii - Yellow Pitcher Plant
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Sarracenia flava v rugelii - Yellow Pitcher Plant

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Hooded Pitcher Plant - Sarracenia flava v rugelii

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

This is wide ranging Pitcher Plant occuring as far north as the coastal plains of Virgina and then in a swathe down as far as coastal Alabama. It is one of the commonest species found in cultivation and readiliy hybridises with other species giving rise to a large range of spectacular hybrids. Like many Pitcher Plants, it reacts to cold weather and the lack of insects by producing 'un-modified leaves'. 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 7, 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.

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