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California Pitcherplant
Darlingtonia californica
About California Pitcherplant (Darlingtonia californica) 5 Nurseries Carry This Plant Darlingtonia californica, also called the California Pitcher plant, Cobra Lily, or Cobra Plant, is a carnivorous plant, the sole member of the genus Darlingtonia in the family Sarraceniaceae. It is native to Northern California and Oregon, growing in bogs and seeps with cold running water. This plant is designated as uncommon due to its rarity in the field. The name Cobra Lily stems from the resemblance of its tubular leaves to a rearing cobra, complete with a forked leaf - ranging from yellow to purplish-green - that resemble fangs or a serpent's tongue. To learn more, visit the Jepson Herbarium's YouTube channel and watch a short video about this species:
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

2 ft tall

Landscaping Information
Part Shade


Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2*, 3, 4*, 5*, 6, 7, 14, 15*, 16*, 17*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Seeps, boggy places with running water

Annual Precipitation: 25.5" - 158.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.81" - 5.85", Coldest Month: 10.8" - 46.6", Hottest Month: 34.1" - 72.2", Humidity: 0.01" - 23.33", Elevation: 79" - 14114"

Alternative Names
Common Names: California Pitcher Plant

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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