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Sarracenia × chelsonii

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bog or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Brown and Dark Red in Spring

Foliage

Green and Red in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Chelson pitcher plant

Family

Sarraceniaceae


Sarracenia can be evergreen or herbaceous, rhizomatous perennials with rosettes of phyllodes mostly modified into insect-catching tubular pitchers with hooded lids, and solitary, nodding cup-shaped flowers in spring

S. x chelsonii has curved, partly decumbent pitchers to 45cm in length with narrow lids and red veins; flowers dark mahogany-red

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass in full light with shelter from hot sun. In winter keep moist, cool and well ventilated. Grow outdoors in moist but sharply drained acid soil in full sun. Irrigate with lime-free water

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by scale insects, mealybugs, aphids and tortrix moth

Diseases

Generally disease free