Yellow pitcher plant

Sarracenia flava | Also known as: Water cup, Yellow sidesaddle flower, Yellow trumpets, Biscuits | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Adding an unusual plant to your garden design is a great way to give it a bit of an edge and sarracenia flava or yellow pitcher plant is more than capable of standing out. As the name suggests, this plant looks like a slender, yellow pitcher but don’t be fooled into thinking this is a delicate ornamental plant. Yellow pitcher plant is in fact a predator in disguise, attracting insects with sweet secretions, the insects become trapped and digested in the pitcher. Despite this rather sticky end for insects, there’s no denying that yellow pitcher plant makes an outstanding attraction. It should ideally be grown in soils that are a mixture of peat and sand and the soil should be kept constantly moist but offer good drainage. Yellow pitcher plant does best in full sunlight but will grow in partial shade too and is guaranteed to give your garden a real buzz.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.5 - 1
Spread [m]
  • 1
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Red shades
Foliage in summer
  • Red shades
Foliage in Autumn
  • Red shades
Foliage in winter
  • Red shades
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Erect
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-10
Heat zone
  • H10-7
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - 4
Heat days
  • 60 - 180
  • poorly-drained
  • boggy
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • Carnivorous
Grown for
  • None
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Pond plants
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Bog garden
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years