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PlantFiles: Hooded Pitcher Plant
Sarracenia minor

Family: Sarraceniaceae
Genus: Sarracenia (sar-uh-SEN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: minor (MY-nor) (Info)

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Carnivorous and Insectivorous

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

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
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral xyris On Aug 19, 2003, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is the most southern species of Sarracenia, in the wild found from southeastern North Carolina south almost to Lake Okeechobee, Florida, and west to the Apalachicola River, Florida. It is the only native species of Sarracenia in Florida south of Gainesville. It does not require as constantly boggy or seepy conditions as most other Sarracenia, growing in some areas that have firm, only slightly mucky sandy soils that are fairly dry in winter. I have not grown it in garden conditions, but suspect it might be easier than some other Sarracenia species.

Positive ButterflyGardnr On Jul 30, 2003, ButterflyGardnr from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Sarracenia minor is a great little plant. I have one plant I rescued two years ago from a construction site (after getting the appropriate state permits permissions) and put in my bog garden. In Central Florida I have mainly seen it growing in hydric (wet) pine flatwoods that experience seasonal inundation (flooding). It tends to grow in a clump of wiregrass there, which apparently protects it from some of the scalding rays of the sun. This plant likes its feet to stay moist. The flowers are quite unusual, sort of a chartreuse color and appear in late winter to early spring (~Feb.) in my area. The plants are carnivorous and may help to control some of the mosquito population. This plant does not grow or spread rapidly and is not "invasive" in the least. Please note that you should not dig it from the wild since it is protected.


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

Novato, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Raleigh, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio

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