The Seed Bank is a member-only seed exchange. To order seed
from the Seed Bank, you must be a current member of the International
Carnivorous Plant Society. The purpose of the Seed
Bank is to
enhance members understanding and enjoyment of these weird and
Information on growing carnivorous plants is located in the How to Grow Carnivorous Plants section of this web site.
All seed purchases are processed at the ICPS Store on our members-only web site. Please log into the members web site to place your seed order.
The ICPS is a non-profit organization and does not
seed commercially. The prices charged do not reflect the commercial
value of the seed. If you aren't a member, please see the list of vendors that advertise in CPN and commercial sites on the ICPS
Web Ring to find vendors that do sell seed and plants.
Seeds of selected varieties are available free to teachers for
use in the classroom and to scientists and conservation organizations.
Please contact the
seed bank manager by e-mail for more information.
Seed packets are US$2 to US$5 each. The quantity of seed available to each member is 1 packet of
each item listed per month and 40 packets total in any
12 month period. Seed Bank seeds are intended for
your personal use only. If you have extra seeds, feel free to give
them away to future CP fanatics. The intention of these policies
is to allow as many members as possible to benefit from the Seed
Bank. Seed orders in excess of what is considered appropriate for
building your personal collection will be refused. Please see the
Frequent Questions page and Seed
Use Rules for more information.
The Seed Bank can't exist without your donations. Donate seed and get credit for free seed from the Seed
The ICPS can not distribute seed of plants protected by
CITES Appendix I outside of the USA. If you do not live in
the USA, please do not send CITES Appendix I seed to the Seed
Bank unless you have CITES permits. These species
are Sarracenia alabamensis, S. jonesii, S.
oreophila, Nepenthes khasiana, and N. rajah.
The ICPS has a permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to sell seeds of the carnivorous plants listed under the US Endangered Species Act within the USA. These species are Sarracenia alabamensis, S. jonesii, S.
oreophila, and Pinguicula ionantha. Since seeds of Pinguicula ionantha are viable only a few weeks, there is no point sending them to the Seed Bank.
A previous Seed Bank manager published descriptions, drawings, and electron micrographs of many carnivorous plant seeds:
Dwyer, Patrick T. (1983) Seed Structure of Carnivorous Plants. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 12(1):8-23 (Species: Drosera; Pinguicula; Sarracenia) (
Dwyer, Patrick T. (1983) Seed Structure of Carnivorous Plants. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 12(2):33-38,45-50 (Species: Byblis; Drosophyllum; Nepenthes; Utricularia) (
If you have any comments or questions about the Seed
feel free to contact John Brittnacher, the Seed
Bank manager, at