10 Popular Pitcher Plants

Popular Pitcher Plants

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Popular Pitcher Plants

The pitcher is one of the most fun plants to grow. Show one to your friends and family visiting your garden and you are sure to be rewarded: "This is so unusual, I've never seen this before!"

Even when people outgrow the novelty of the jars, they are mesmerized by the strange shapes of the jars of the same name (which are actually modified leaves).

Equally fascinating to some is the fact that carnivorous plants, like the famous Venus trap, are carnivorous. The jars act as traps for insects, attracted by smell and color. Once trapped in a jar, insects will have a difficult time getting out of it, as the inner walls are slippery and covered with stiff hair down. The jars are partially filled with rainwater and trapped insects can eventually drown. Some carnivorous plants produce a chemical that kills insects.

Pots are classified as perennial herbaceous plants and there are many different types of them. No matter where you live, you will probably find one to suit your garden, patio, or greenhouse.

Unfortunately, these plants are not easy to grow, so it is best left crossed with green fingers. Here are ten beautiful jars that will be appreciated by fans and will delight the general public.

Purple plant (Sarracenia purpurea)


Purple vases are known for their deep red flowers and streaked vases. Due to their winter hardiness, they are ideal for northern water gardens (another common name is "northern carnivorous plant").

The best way to display one is to become the focal point of your water garden, surrounded by smaller plants that do not tarnish its beauty and flowers. The purple plant can grow up to 50 centimeters in flower and is native to eastern and north central North America.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 6 (but varies by subspecies)
  • Color Varieties: Flowers are purplish-red; pitchers are greenish, with red veining
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Needs: Boggy, acidic

Yellow carnivorous plant (Sarracenia flava)


For a bigger and brighter specimen, grow a yellow pitcher plant. Native to the American Southeast, this plant reaches one to three feet high. The yellow pitcher plant employs the chemical coniine to kill trapped insects.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 6 to 8
  • Color Varieties: Flowers are yellow; pitchers are medium green to greenish-yellow
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Needs: Boggy, sandy, humusy, acidic

California Pitcher Plant (Darlingtonia californica)


The California pitcher plant, also known as "cobra lily", is native to southern Oregon and Northern California. It can get as tall as 39 inches. Difficult to grow, it is a plant most nature lovers settle for appreciating when they spot it while hiking along bogs and stream banks in its native range.

Its namesake "cobra" heads are a wonderful conversation piece for gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 6 to 9
  • Color Varieties: Flowers are yellow to purplish-green
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Needs: Gravelly, boggy ground saturated with cold water

Sun Pitcher Plant (Heliamphora spp.)

The swamp or tanned plants are native to South America, their step length varies from 15 to 40 centimeters, depending on the species (of which there are more than 20), but the plants measure only 10 to 25 cm in length. height. The most attractive species are dark red in color and all have bell-shaped flowers.

Solar pots are the hardest for gardeners to grow (even if they have greenhouses). You need to reach the ideal temperature and humidity.

  • USDA Growing Zones: Varies according to species, but most are tropical plants (zones 10 to 11)
  • Color Varieties: Depends on the species
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade (depending on the species)
  • Soil Needs: Usually grown in sphagnum moss, within a container

White Trumpet Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia leucophylla)

One might think that the white trumpet pitcher from the southeastern United States is the most attractive of the bunch. This explains their popularity, as well as the fact that they are relatively easy for carnivorous plants to grow.

Their bottles feature attractive dark streaks in a pattern that contrasts with a bright white background. A white trumpet pitcher plant grows thirty to one meter tall. They grow them for their jugs, but their red flowers are a nice bonus.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 7 to 9
  • Color Varieties: Pitchers are white with dark veins; flowers are reddish
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Needs: Boggy, humusy, acidic

Western Australian Pitcher Plant (Cephalotus follicularis)


Western Australia Jug Factory is one of the smallest jug factories. Plants and pitchers are only 1-1.5 cm long. The peculiarity of this Australian is the stripes on the jars. 'Eden Black' is a dark enough variety to be considered a rare and truly black plant.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 8–11
  • Color Varieties: Pitchers are green to dark purple; flowers are whitish and aesthetically insignificant
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Needs: Typically displayed in a container, where the growing medium is sphagnum moss

Nepenthes x ventrata and Relatives

Some species of carnivorous plants are wooden vines: they are called "tropical vases" (Nepenthes spp.). The glasses hang in these boxes and are therefore the perfect choice for hanging baskets. This is an interesting aspect that makes it one of the most popular carnivorous plants for enthusiasts.

There are many types of Nepenthes. For example, three closely related native Philippine species are:

Nepenthes ventricosa
Nepenthes alata
Nepenthes x ventrata (a mixture of Nepenthes ventricosa and Nepenthes alata)
All three are best grown and displayed in northern greenhouses. The flowers are insignificant. Glasses can be up to 23 centimeters long. Even within the same species, there is some variability in properties (such as the length of the vine).

  • USDA Growing Zones: 10 to 11
  • Color Varieties: Pitcher color can be greenish-yellow, orange, purple, or red; some are heavily speckled.
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to full shade (depending on species)
  • Soil Needs:Sphagnum moss (placed in containers) is the typical growing medium

Villose Pitcher-Plant (Nepenthes villosa)


Nepenthes villosa is another tropical species native to Borneo in Malaysia. Although it thrives, it is grown from its bright orange pitchers. The pitchers are generally four inches long.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 10 to 11
  • Color Varieties: Orange
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial sun
  • Soil Needs: Sphagnum moss (placed in containers) is the typical growing medium

Kinabalu Pitcher-Plant (Nepenthes kinabaluensis)


Another tropical plant is Nepenthes kinabaluensis. He is also from Malaysian Borneo. In fact, it is a hybrid, one of its parents is N. villosa. But your jugs are a bit bigger.

The plant is grown for its bright red pitchers rather than its aesthetically insignificant flowers.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 10 to 11
  • Color Varieties: Red
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial sun
  • Soil Needs: Sphagnum moss (placed in containers) is the typical growing medium

Veitch's Pitcher-Plant (Nepenthes veitchii)


Nepenthes veitchii is also native to Borneo in Malaysia and looks impressive even on its stained inner wall. But it is the exterior that attracts the most.

The flowers may not be decorative enough to justify the hassle of growing such a picky plant save for the green thumbs, but the striped jugs certainly are. The latter can reach a length of 30 centimeters.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 10 to 11
  • Color Varieties: Orange, red, and yellow
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial sun
  • Soil Needs: Sphagnum moss (placed in containers) is the typical growing medium

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