Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia oreophila) in the Pitcher Plants Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Soil pH Preferences: Extremely acid (3.5 – 4.4)
Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Suitable for miniature gardens
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Carnivorous
Endangered
Conservation status: Critically Endangered (CR)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Critically Endangered
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 21, 2018 1:56 PM

I am not an expert on bog plants or having a bog garden, but I looked up some information online. This species is native to a few areas in Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and northeast Alabama. It is sometimes called the Mountain Pitcher-Plant as it grows in inland, mountainous conditions where it snows. Its light green pitcher can be without any venation to having heavy red venation and throat sploches. Like other pitcher-plants, it needs lots of sun and a very acid, organic, constantly moist to wet soil. It can be grown in containers and pots with a medium mix of half peatmoss & sand or perlite. Kept constantly moist with pure water without minerals and never fertilized. It has to be over-wintered by keeping it in a place below 50 degrees F for 2 or 3 months. The plant and the container can be put into the ground and covered with mulch for the winter where the temperature does not get below 0 degrees F upon the plant and it must remain with moist soil. There are a few specialty mail order nurseries that sell some form of this species and other Pitcher-Plants. There are a few cultivars of this species also. In the wild it is very endangered and can only be handled with a special permit by expert ecologists or horticulturists.

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