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At Chelsea last year I was talking to a chap about the Sarracenia. He was an ex-pat living in France, and kept bees. Last year his hives were attacked by the ASIAN HORNETS, and it was recommended he try a few Sarracenia plants to fight back, as it were. Imagine his surprise, and this is anecdotal as I've no first hand evidence, but they worked. My recommendation would be Sarracenia flava, leucophylla, and alata. I'd be delighted to hear any feedback of these plants helping outside, or in the greenhouse/conservatory.
Typically slender, pale green pitchers, which in some individuals can reach 28 inches.
Creamy yellow to white flowers are produced. Various colour forms exist including red-lids, red pitchers, black pitchers, and colours in between. Some of these can be very large.
Divided in to 7 varieties, this plant can attain 3 feet in height. The typical form has stocky pitchers with a small amount of red veining in the throat. Varieties include red tubed, copper lidded, all red, all green, and heavily veined. Lovely long petalled yellow flowers with a somewhat feline odour! Hardy.
Stunning white topped pitchers to 3 feet with green to vivid crimson veining depending on individual clones. This is certainly one of the most beautiful species. Red flowers.
Unusual hooded traps to about 12 inches in height, with white ‘windows’ on the rear of the pitcher. A giant form, var. okeefenokeensis from the Okeefenokee Swamp produces pitchers to 3 feet. Small yellow flowers are produced in the spring.
Now very restricted in its natural range, this plant is considered endangered. Similar to a small stocky S. flava, but with a rounder lid and distinct sickle shaped winter leaves. Yellow flowers reminiscent of S. flava but with smaller petals. Hardy.
Bizarre, prostrate pitchers, forming burgundy clumps. This plant has a trap similar in design to a lobster pot, and catches mainly crawling insects. It produces its red flowers infrequently compared to other species, and is fairly constant throughout its range, except for all green anthocyanin free forms, which produce yellow flowers, and a giant form.
Divided in to 2 sub-species, purpurea and venosa, this plant produces small water filled open pitchers to about 5 inches in height. They are usually green with varying amounts of red veining, with some being entirely red. Sub-species purpurea is the northern form and is completely hardy.
A small species divided in to 5 sub-species. They range in height from 6-24 inches, with most producing slender, lightly veined pitchers, which vary in shape and size. They are clump forming plants and have petite sweet smelling red flowers. Two sub-species-alabamensis and jonesii are considered endangered. Some coloured forms exist including anthocyanin free plants.
1 specimen of each sub-species
5 named location plants, including a red/black tubed plant.