Pitcher plant

  • Botanical name: Sarracenia
  • Common name: Pitcher plant
  • Family: Sarraceniaceae
  • Plant Type: Conservatory, House plant, Perennial
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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 and watered from beneath, by keeping the plant pot in a tray of water. Rainwater is best as pitcher plants dislike hard, lime-rich water.


There are many sarracenia hybrids, bearing large traps in a range of colour combinations, and bright yellow flowers. For best results, 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

  • Plant size

    45cm height

    20cm spread

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / boggy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

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 and wildlife

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

Is Sarracenia poisonous?

Sarracenia 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

Plants that go well with Sarracenia

Cephalotus follicularis

Cephalotus follicularis

Australian pitcher plant