Carnivorous plants

Sarracenia leucophylla

The Sarracenia leucophylla is one of the species of carnivorous plants that can more easily found in any nursery, garden store and even online. It is very easy to care for, but it is also that the hybrids that are achieved are as or more beautiful than their parents.

So if you want to enter the world of sarracenia, I can’t think of something better than to start with it, S. leucophylla. Believe me, you will not regret it… although if you have doubts, below we will explain everything you need to know so that you enjoy good health.

Origin and characteristics of Sarracenia leucophylla

It is a carnivorous plant native to the United States, where it grows west of the Apalachicola River in Florida. Its scientific name is Sarracenia leucophylla, but it is popularly called sarracenia, or rarely a skin plant. It is common to find it sharing habitat with Pinus palustris.

It can reach a height of between 30 centimeters to almost 1 meter, and it is characterized by developing modified leaves in the form of tubes whose upper part has a kind of hat or hood. Their color is very, very variable: the most common is green, but they can be pink or reddish, or have a white hat,… This will depend on the variety and/ or hybrid.

During spring it produces crimson flowers, which emerge from a long, thin stem. They measure between 3 and 4 centimeters in diameter, and have, like the rest of the plant, a great ornamental value.

Unfortunately, it is a species vulnerable to extinction due to loss of habitat. But in cultivation it will be rare the day it is lost, because as we said before, it is one of the most appreciated plants, especially for making hybrids and clones. Among the most interesting that we find, for example, we have:

  • Schnell Ghost: with white leaves and yellow flowers. Its growth is somewhat slower than what one might expect, but otherwise it takes care of itself just like the rest.
  • Tarnok: is a variety of S. leucophylla with green leaves whose upper part is white with red veins.
  • Titan: reddish-green leaves with a white upper part and red nerves. It can reach 97 centimeters in height.

What care should be given to Sarracenia leucophylla ?

If you dare to get a copy, we recommend providing the following care:


It is a plant that has to be outdoors, in an area where the sun shines directly, if possible, throughout the day. In shadow or semi-shadow it would hardly grow, and it would soon weaken. For this reason, it is not a good idea to have it indoors either, unless you have a grow tent with a light for plants, or a room where there is a lot of light.


It is grown in plastic pots with holes in the base, filled with peat moss or sphagnum mixed with equal parts perlite. It is important that you moisten the substrate with distilled water before using it to fill the pot, as it takes a little time to hydrate, but once it is well hydrated, it stays that way for a long time.


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Irrigation must be frequent. Remember that he lives in a wetland, near a river. Feel free to put a plate underneath or fill it with water every time you find it empty.

Now, it is extremely important that you use rainwater, or if you cannot get it, distilled, osmosis or even bottled water with very weak mineralization (look at the label: the Dry Residue should not exceed 200).


There is no need to fertilize carnivorous plants. They live in areas that are generally poor in nutrients; hence they have developed traps and jugs. Thanks to them, they hunt insects above all, on which they feed.

If they were fertilized, their roots would burn and the plants would be spoiled.


The Sarracenia leucophylla is multiplied by seed and division in spring.


The seeds are to be sown in plastic pots with equal parts white peat mixed with perlite, and placed outside, in full sun. Thus, and keeping the substrate moist, they will germinate in about ten to fifteen days.

In the event that you want to get your own hybrids, you will have to first get a Sarracenia leucophylla and another species of Sarracenia that you like, and then, when both are in flower, pollinate their flowers by passing a brush through the flowers of one and immediately after by the flowers of the other.


To divide it you have to take it out of the pot and remove the substrate from the roots. Do it carefully, washing them with distilled water. Then, take a previously disinfected knife and divide the rhizome in two. Then plant them in individual pots with wet sphagnum moss and put them outside in full sun.

In a matter of a few days you will see the first new leaves sprout.


Being a fast growing plant, which tends to take leaves from the sides, it must be transplanted every 2 years.


It resists well the cold and frosts of up to -4ºC. In fact, it is necessary that in winter the temperature drops below 0 degrees so that it can hibernate properly.

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