Unusual short pitchers with curly lids
Intricate purple/red veining
Native to the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina
Height Up to 10cm (4in)
Spread Up to 20cm (8in)
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Sarracenia purpurea var. montana is an unusual species that bears short, squat pitchers with greenish lids and red bodies. Unlike most other Sarracenia, the lid doesn’t cover the pitcher but forms ear-like wings that curl inwards and are patterned with beautiful tree-like veining. Sweet secretions on the lip of the pitcher lure unsuspecting insects that slide down the slippery funnel, tumbling to their deaths in a pool of digestive juices at the bottom. Makes an unusual specimen for a greenhouse, conservatory or windowsill and an ideal gift for the botanically curious. Height: 10cm (4in). Spread: 20cm (8in).
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Sarracenia will need permanently moist (but not soggy) soil. This is best achieved by regular watering in a water tray throughout the growing season - avoid watering from above. Always use rainwater or distilled water, as carnivorous plants are particularly sensitive to the chemicals contained in tap water. Sarracenia do not need feeding - they will catch all of the food that they need themselves.
In autumn, Sarracenia become dormant and the pitchers begin to die back. These can be trimmed away as they die. The compost should be kept just moist throughout the winter. Resume watering, when plants start into growth again. During winter these plants require a temperature of around 5C (32F).
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Sarracenia purpurea var. montana