White Pitcher Plant

Sarracenia leucophylla

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


Carnivorous and Insectivorous

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

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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:

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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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.