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Sarracenia purpurea Venosa Red

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Sarracenia purpurea 'Venosa Red' is one of the shortest varieties of Sarracenia, reaching approximately six inches in height. The cup-shaped pitchers are light green with purple-red veins when younger and they may darken to a deeper purple as they age under full sunlight. The Venosa Red can tolerate lower light levels than other Sarracenia. 

Sarracenia are the American pitcher plant. They are native to the East Coast and the Gulf Coast area of the United States and some provinces in the southern area of Canada. Plants produce a sticky substance on the mouth of the plant that attracts bugs who stop to eat it and fall inside where it is difficult for them to climb back out. Sarracenia have been found with murder hornets inside, but they are safe for fuzzy pets and reptiles, provided that they are not too small to get back out, if they fall in. While they are sent semi-bare root, they are pictured in a 3.5" pot, about 6" tall from the soil line. That is the size you will be getting and not just 3 inch babies straight out of a plug tray.

We do not cut off the pitchers prior to shipping. To prevent as much damage as possible, plants will have their pitchers rinsed out and will be sent semi-bare root in a moss plug, with additional loose moss around it to retain moisture. An empty pot and enough carnivorous soil to fill the pot is included for a small additional charge. If you must have them already potted, please contact us so that we can work out the cost of shipping, as they are extremely heavy when shipped in wet soil, and extra precautions must be taken to prevent the weight of the pot from destroying the plant.

Species likes to be in humid, tropical-like conditions. Cold hardy outdoors year round in Zones 7 - 10 and with protection in Zones 5 and 6. Sarracenia can handle a full range of temperatures as long as it does not remain frozen and is allowed to thaw during the day time. They can handle temps in the 90s in Summer and temps as low as 20 degrees during dormancy. Plants prefer FULL sun and truly need to be outside. These do not make good plants for indoors, as they will not be happy and want at least four hours of direct sunlight per day. Plants require a dormancy period of 3 to 4 months in the Winter time and should be kept inside an unheated garage or refrigerator during dormancy in zones outside of 5 to 10. Soil should be kept consistently moist and plants should be placed in a carnivorous mix of peat moss, perlite and maybe the addition of some coarse sand in a dish of water going a half an inch up the side of the pot. Do not use compost of fertilizer, as it will kill your plants. They developed the ability to eat bugs because of a lack of nutrients in their native soil. No matter what, never let this plant dry out! Be sure to read the care guide included with your plant to ensure proper watering and care. Never fertilize or feed people food.


Winter Shipping

96 hour HEAT PACKS are available under the Accessories category. Due to the colder weather and the postal delays from Covid-19 and the increased number of packages during the holidays, we are only offering the larger, 96 hour heat pack and are upgrading all orders with a heat pack to Priority to hopefully ensure that the heat pack is still working upon arrival.

If the daytime temperature in your area or mine is below 45 degrees, we recommend a heat pack. If your area is going to be extremely cold, then you may need two heat packs. If you do not want to include heat packs during cold weather, then you take full responsibility if your plant freezes. We may check the weather between South Carolina and your location, and send a message to recommend adding a heat pack. We do not leave our plants outside for the post office to pick them up and instead take the plants to the post office before the postal truck comes at 4pm so that they are not sitting outside in the elements. We want to provide you with the highest quality plants possible and between our cost and the extra added cost of shipping, there is no mark up on heat packs and they are simply provided as a service to ensure your plants arrive safely.


They last at least 96 hours. Due to mail delays, we are only offering the 96 hour heat pack at this time. For an additional $7 charge, we are offering a shipping upgrade to priority shipping with an included heat pack. We cannot be responsible for plants that were damaged by extreme cold where a heat pack was not purchased, so please check your weather and take postal delays into consideration.


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