Psittacina is Latin for 'Parrot'. This low, rosetted Sarracenia species was given that name because of it's beaked and domed lid. They are very beautiful and often dark red with white fenestration or windows. In the wild they grow partially submerged or sometimes even floating in the water. They can even catch wayward minnows and pollywogs who swim into submerged traps! This is a late species and doesn't start to grow new pitchers and flowers in California until around May.
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.