Catesby's Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia x catesbaei) in the Pitcher Plants Database

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Botanical names:
Sarracenia x catesbaei Accepted
Sarracenia catesbaei Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12-18 inches (30-45 cm)
Plant Spread: 12-15 inches (30-38 cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Carnivorous insectivorous plant. Digestive enzymes produced inside the tubular leaves.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Terrariums
Bog gardening
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Other info: Allow pods to dry on plant. Self-seeds in containers.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Miscellaneous: Carnivorous


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Date: 2017-09-11
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Location: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VADate: June 29
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Location: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VADate: 2017-06-29
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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Sep 30, 2012 2:01 PM

This carnivorous, insectivorous plant grows in bogs in the wild. It needs constant moisture, which can be provided by standing the container in a dish of water. Avoid getting the crown of the plant wet.

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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 25, 2014 4:03 PM

This carnivorous plant produces very specialized leaves, which grow in a tubular form resembling a flower. It produces a nectar-like substance inside the tube, luring insects to climb down inside. Once they are inside, stiff, bristle-like hairs prevent them from climbing or flying back out. Trapped insects fall into a watery liquid in the base of the tube, where they are digested.

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