Sarracenia minor is one of our favorite species. It's unusual pitchers have an almost monkish, grinning appearance with a domed canopy over the mouth. On the upper portion of the back side of the pitcher are many opaque light windows. These windows are the key to it's rather unique trapping mechanism. When insects are led to the lip of the mouth by nectar trails, they find themselves in a darkened position, due to the over hanging hood. Crawling insects are encouraged to enter the trap, where it is much brighter, due to the sunlight filtering in through the light windows.
This variety, often called 'Okee Giant', is named after southern Georgia's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge where most are found. This variety is known for it's enormously tall and narrow pitchers, which can reach 3 feet! It often grows on floating hummocks of live sphagnum moss.
Sun: Full sun outdoors
Water: Always sitting in at least two inches of distilled or purified water, they prefer deep saucers of water or undrained containers in order to recreate their very water logged conditions
Temperature: 15 degrees - 100 degrees, needs protection from colder winters and always keep very wet when hot
Dormancy: All Sarracenia 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.
Soil: Plant comes potted in a custom mix of four parts peat moss to one part perlite.