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Sarracenia flava
yellow pitcher plant, yellow trumpet

Distribution: Native in southeastern United States; introduced in western Washington.

Habitat: Swamps, bogs and seeps.

Flowers: May - June

Origin: Introduced from southeast United States

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Scapose, herbaceous perennials from rhizomes, forming clumps, the scapes 15-60 cm. tall.


Pitchers appearing in spring after the first flowers, consisting of an erect tube longer that the scape, with a hood attached to the back edge, yellowish-green throughout, with dark red veins on the hood and upper tube, thick, firm, and glabrous; orifice broadly ovate, 2-7 cm. in diameter, the rim green, flaring; hood covering orifice, yellow-green with red veins, 3-10 cm. long and wide.


Flowers solitary and terminal on the scapes, subtended by 3 bracts; sepals 5, yellowish-green, 3-5 cm. long; petals 5, yellow, ovate to elliptic, 5-8.5 cm. long and 3-4 cm. wide; stamens 50-100; top of style expanded into a disk.


Capsules 1.5-4 cm. long.

Accepted Name:
Sarracenia flava L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 510. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Sarracenia flava in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Sarracenia flava checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Sarracenia flava information.

E-Flora BC: Sarracenia flava atlas page.

CalPhotos: Sarracenia flava photos.

USDA Plants: Sarracenia flava information.

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