Although there are only 8 to 11 species of American pitcher plants, those species have been hybridized and the hybrids crossed with other hybrids to create unique hybrids and cultivators in every color possible.
Below I will share pictures and characteristics of the species I own. (I do not have all of them)
The Hooded Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia Minor): Sarracenia is the scientific name for American pitcher plants. The typical variety grows up to 10 inches tall, but the Okefenokee Giant plants can grow to 4 foot. This plant has a lid or "hood" that over hangs the mouth of the pitcher plant. The back of the plant has white spots which are actually transparent to allow light into its mouth, encouraging bugs to tumble into their doom. This is one of my favorite species because of the evil smirk it gives from the correct angle.
The White Trumpet (Sarracenia Leucophylla): In case you haven't noticed I have favorite plants for everything. I like the white pitcher plant for producing beautiful hybrids. Unfortunately, the only white pitcher plant I have is of the Tarnok variety, and it produces a mutant flower which is sterile and cannot be crossed with anything. The white trumpet is arguably the most stunning and attractive carnivorous plant. However, beauty comes with a price. Sometimes the beautiful leaves of this plant are used in floral arrangements. As exotic and enchanting as that is, it is a terrible practice because many times the leaves are harvested off wild plants which is endangering these beautiful plants.
|Tarnok's mutant flower|
This is a picture of it in early spring a few years ago, since then it has done even better.
HYBRIDSAppalation Spring (S. Oreophila x S. Rubra): As the hybrid of two of the most vigorous growing carnivorous plants, this hybrid produces leaves and flowers faster than I can keep up with it. It is a strong, sturdy grower in the spring, but when the summer storms hit, the pitchers flop over and are rather annoying to care for. This is a very pleasant hybrid with light veining, peach colored undulating hoods, and pink flowers.
Diana's Delight: The crowning glory of my collection is my Daina's Delight. In the spring it looks like an ugly little green and red plant, but in late summer it starts to blossom into the most stunning hybrid I've ever laid eyes on. The white lacing on this plant inherited from the white trumpet is tinted a pretty pink. My only complaint with this plant is that it seems to be sensitive to the cold since I've lost several of this hybrid to bitter, cold winters.
These are not all the different species and hybrids. They are not even all the plants in my collection, but I hope this has given you a brief breakdown on the wonderful possibilities of American pitcher plants.