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Common Name: Yellow Trumpet
Sarracenia flava is a
South-eastern N. America - Virginia and North Carolina to Florida and Louisiana.
Wet pinelands and bogs[
Grow in sun or partial shade in peat or moss[
]. An insectivorous plant[
], it is best grown in a boggy position[
] and prefers a soil low in nitrogen. Plants require continuously moist conditions in a loose compost of sphagnum peat, live sphagnum and coarse acid sand[
]. They can be grown successfully in a plastic basin or in a pot that is standing in a deep saucer of water[
Plants are not hardy in Britain, requiring a minimum temperature of 5°c[
]. This conflicts with the hardiness rating of 7 (temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c) given in [
]. Plants can tolerate temperatures down to about -10°c[
A polymorphic species[
], it is becoming very rare in the wild and is on the CITES II list of endangered species.
The root and leaves are hepatic. They are used in the treatment of dyspepsia, constipation, liver and kidney complaints[
Seed - we have no information for this species but would suggest sowing the seed in light shade in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe if possible otherwise in early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors.
Division might be possible.