The cobra lily (Darlingtonia californica) is native to California. Its serpent like pitchers make it one of the most striking and charismatic of the carnivorous plants. They prefer lots of sun and cool roots. Cultivating these plants can be somewhat difficult, this is not a plant for beginners! We have a very limited supply of these in stock!
Damon is holding our large and X-large plants in the photo!
Please note; Darlingtonia start to grow later in the season than some of the other temperate plants. You may receive one that has only just started growing it’s summer pitchers.
Sun: Appreciate lots of sun, like Sarracenia, but in order to avoid overheating in cultivation you may have more success growing it in morning sun only or filtered all day
Water: Always sitting in at least two inches of distilled or purified water
Temperature: Very winter hardy and can take temperatures down to 15 degrees they are, however, very sensitive to heat especially in the roots. Ideal root temperature would be 40-55 degrees. Warm roots can kill them quite rapidly.
Dormancy: All Darlingtonia require a winter dormancy starting in October and ending in February. Many of the pitchers will turn brown and die back during this time. Leave them outdoors in full sun, sitting in distilled water during this period. If you live in an area that snows; over winter them indoors on a sunny windowsill in an unheated room or garage. Still sitting in full sun and distilled water.