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PlantFiles: White Pitcher Plant
Sarracenia leucophylla

Family: Sarraceniaceae
Genus: Sarracenia (sar-uh-SEN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: leucophylla (loo-koh-FIL-uh) (Info)

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Carnivorous and Insectivorous

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Capjo25 On Jun 2, 2008, Capjo25 from Bayboro, NC wrote:

Purchased 3 S. leucophylla plants from a nursery here in NC so thought they would grow in my area (zone 8). Planted all three in boggy soil next to my marsh which occasionally is flooded with brackish water. All three died so conclude plant cannot tolerate any salty water.

Positive carnivorkid On Apr 17, 2006, carnivorkid from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

Great plant for your bog! Grows really tall to about 3 feet and will eventually produce 2 inch wide mouths on top! Is hardier then you may think i grow it here in philadelphia in zone 6b. Nice white tops on the pitchers.

Positive arkiedee On May 30, 2003, arkiedee from Mabelvale, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have a bog garden with several American pitcher plants, including this one, in USDA zone 7b. The plants are really amazing, and stay full of insects. Most of them seem to constantly put on new pitchers, which start out looking like thin blades of grass.


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

Mabelvale, Arkansas
Menlo Park, California
San Ramon, California
Niceville, Florida
Honomu, Hawaii
Prospect, Kentucky
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Athens, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Mountlake Terrace, Washington

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