Sarracenia flava var. maxima

Sarracenia flava var. maxima

Pitcher plant

  • Botanical name: Sarracenia flava var. maxima
  • Common name: Pitcher plant
  • Family: Sarraceniaceae
  • Plant Type: Conservatory, House plant, Perennial, Deciduous
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Sarracenias, commonly known as pitcher plants, are carnivorous plants mainly from North America. They bear flowers that grow singly on tall leafless stalks and most have long tubular ‘pitchers’. Inside these pitchers is a well of digestive fluid that breaks down prey, which is then absorbed by the plant. Sarracenias are perennial plants that should be grown in full sun in nutrient-poor compost, and watered from beneath by keeping the plant pot in a tray of rainwater.


Sarracenia flava var. maxima is a pitcher plant with lime-green traps; large yellow flowers may appear in the spring.


For best results, grow in a sunny spot and keep the compost moist at all times. There’s no need to feed sarracenias with conventional plant food; instead place dead or alive insects in the pitchers, which the plants will feed from.

How to grow Sarracenia flava

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    40cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / boggy / clay / heavy / moist
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do not Sow in March

Do not Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do Sow in September

Do Sow in October

Do Sow in November

Do not Sow in December


Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Sarracenia flava and wildlife

Sarracenia flava has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Sarracenia flava poisonous?

Sarracenia flava has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People