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A14 PW Sarracenia alata var. atrorubra, all red, Mississippi

A14 PW Sarracenia alata var. atrorubra, all red, Mississippi

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The sarracenia alata is a carnivorous plant of the sarracenia genus that lives in the humid meadows of the United States that extend from eastern Louisiana, through Mississippi and Texas to western Alabama.
It produces slender, bulbous ascidians only at the top.
The color of the trap can be very different depending on the variety, as in var. nigropurpurea which is dark brown or in var. alata which is quite green.
The flower of the sarracenia alata has white or cream-colored petals.

Growing Tips

The sarracenia catches many flies, wasps, bedbugs and other large insects
Soil: Blonde acid sphagnum peat with perlite
IN SUMMER: Keep the plant exposed to the sun for many hours a day, which is essential for it to grow healthy and colourful. It does not suffer from the summer heat if the water level in the saucer is kept high.
It should never be fertilized.
IN WINTER Keep the plant outside in a sunny and wind-protected position. Just avoid prolonged frosts. You can cut dry and damaged leaves at the base. In spring it will have beautiful flowering and lots of new leaves.
To have even higher traps you can cut the flower as soon as it appears at 5 cm in height. The peat must be completely changed every two or three years.


The best water is rain or distilled or reverse osmosis.
It must be free of limestone residues and very tender and acidic.
Sarracenia loves a high water level in the saucer.
The traps should not be filled with water.
In summer the ideal level is constant up to half the vase.
In winter, a constant cm or two will be enough.
It is not necessary to vaporize the plant but in the height of summer it can be refreshed with evening rain, always with low-calcareous water.

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