Darlingtonia californica

California Pitcher Plant

Upright tubular leaves topped with large hood. Leaves yellow-green to reddish, with translucent patches, brown, green, or reddish dots, veins on hood, fading downward. At front of opening under hood are 2 large mustache-looking appendages. Insects are trapped inside by stiff downward-pointing hairs, drowned in fluids at bottom. Flower stalk above leaves with few yellow bracts. Flower hangs down, with 5 overlapping sepals, yellow-green, 1–2 1/2 in. long, surrounding 5 dark red petals. Grows in running water, on serpentine, at 100–7000 ft. It is thought appendages and opening bear nectaries to attract insects.

  • Rarity: Rare
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--24 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal, Bog/Fen/Wetland
  • Found In: Siskiyous
  • Native: Yes