• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Sarracenia × chelsonii

Chelson pitcher plant

Chelson pitcher plant

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Chelson pitcher plant

  • Genus Sarracenia can be evergreen or herbaceous, rhizomatous perennials with rosettes of phyllodes mostly modified into insect-catching tubular pitchers with hooded lids, and solitary, nodding cup-shaped flowers in spring

  • Family Sarraceniaceae / Sarraceniaceae

  • Species S. x chelsonii has curved, partly decumbent pitchers to 45cm in length with narrow lids and red veins; flowers dark mahogany-red

Characteristics

  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Clump-forming

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow under glass in full light with shelter from hot sun. In winter keep moist, cool and well ventilated. Grow outdoors in moist but sharply drained acid soil in full sun. Irrigate with lime-free water

Propagation Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests May be attacked by scale insects, mealybugs, aphids and tortrix moth

Diseases Generally disease free

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