Mature fall pitchers of Sarracenia leucophylla
. This is the typical form of the species.
Sarracenia leucophylla 'Hurricane
The Hurricane Creek population no longer exists in the wild.
Sarracenia leucophylla seedling
in the third year from seed. The largest pitcher is about
14 cm tall.
is found in
wet savannahs in the southeast USA, from northeastern Florida
to eastern Mississippi. S. leucophylla
are green with the top quarter being white with red or green
veins. Pitchers produced in the spring are narrower and not
as white as pitchers produced in the fall. Under extremely
warm conditions, this species may produce phyllodia (pitcherless
leaves) in the middle of the summer. The flowers are deep
Adult plants enjoy full sun outdoors. They require seasons
in order to survive long term. Typical summer temperatures
where they grow naturally are in the mid 30's C (90's F).
Winter temperatures can be below freezing at times. In captivity they do survive being frozen solid but this species is more susceptible to freeze damage than the more northern species. Seedlings make excellent terrarium plants without winter dormancy
for up to two years.
For producing seeds and growing seedlings, you may use the
general guidelines for growing Sarracenia
from seed. S. leucophylla does well in either
sphagnum or peat mixes. The plants should always be
sitting in pure water when they are growing. They should be
top-watered regularly to maintain the oxygen levels for the
roots and to keep salt levels down in the soil.
For more information please see:
About Carnivorous Plants: Evolution -- the Ericales Carnivores
Schnell, Donald (1989) Sarracenia alata and S. leucophylla variations. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 18(3):79-83 (
Hummer, John H. (2004) The Saga of the Hurricane Creek White Sarracenia leucophylla. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 33(1):4-5 (
The flowers of S. leucophylla
nod up when mature.
Not all Sarracenia
species do this.
Sarracenia leucophyla 'Tarnok'. This variety has
mutant flowers. Those are not petals. The flower has many
extra sepals. The petals and style do not form normally
and the plants is reported to be sterile.
These are normal Sarracenia leucophylla flowers. Note
how the petals curl under the style. Not all Sarracenia leucophylla clones have petals that curl under.
Six month old Sarracenia leucophylla seedlings. The seedlings make good terrarium plants.