Sarracenia x catesbaei (Elliott) Bell

Catesby's Pitcherplant

Newly planted

Newly planted


Family: Sarraceniaceae

Genus: Sarracenia

Category: Perennial

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 15" tall

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Pitchers have red tones, flowers in spring before the pitchers.


Naturally-occurring hybrid - Sarracenia purpurea x Sarracenia flava.

Published in J. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Soc. 68: 60 in 1952. Previously published in Sketch Bot. S. Carolina (Elliott) 2: 11 in 1824 as S. catesbaei Elliott. This plant which has been probably united with the S. Flava, and which can be connected with no other species, appears to me sufficiently distinct ; it differs by its rigidly erect leaves, by its throat which is straight and not expanding, and by its appendix of which the sides are not reflected. It differs also from the S. Flava by its darkly colored purple veins and hairy appendix. My specimens agree exactly with the figure in Catesby, to which I have referred and were collected by Dr. Macbride along the margins of the rivulets amidst the high sand hills of Chesterfield district in S. Carolina. Elliott cites Catesby's Natural History Volume II plate 69 but reviewers mostly agree now that the plate is Sarracenia flava L.


My Experience: 

I purchased a 4" pot at Plant Delights in June 2011 and planted it in the One of Everything garden near the bird bath. Tony Avent said it likes wet feet but dry ankles so I made a small moat around it.

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