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PlantFiles: Tall Pitcher Plant
Sarracenia 'Decora'

Family: Sarraceniaceae
Genus: Sarracenia (sar-uh-SEN-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Decora

Carnivorous and Insectivorous

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive nme On Sep 23, 2007, nme from Annandale, VA wrote:

These plants are native to North America and will grow anywhere with a few considerations:

1. Most nurseries sell carnivorous plants, including this one in the indoor plant section. This is wrong. These plants require most soil and full sun. They should be grown outdoors, never indoors and definitely not in a terrarium.
2. Some nurseries also sell these plants in the water garden section. If you see them there, get them, as they are grown properly and are a lot healthier.
3. In addition to full sun, make sure the soil is always moist. An easy way to do this is with African Violet pots.
4. These are not tropical plants and require dormancy during the winter (less than 50 degrees). If you live somewhere where the winters are warmer, you may need to put them in the refrigerator for the winter months. Otherwise, keep them outside or in a unheated shed/garage.
5. If you are growing them in containers and the winter temperature goes below 20 degrees a lot, you will have to protect them from being freeze dried (cover them or put them in the shed). If you use African Violet pots, keep the pot above freezing, or the pot might break (the plant can handle it fine)
6. Keep it well watered. If you are not using African Violet pots, you may have to water it daily in the summer.
7. Did I mention that they require full sun and should be grown outdoors?
8. It is funny, but there doesn't seem to be many insects on my deck.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Deridder, Louisiana
Annandale, Virginia

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