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Darlingtonia californica seed

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Packets of 50, 200, 500 and 1000 seeds (choose below); FREE shipping!
Seeds from the hardier and easier to grow mountain variety of Darlingtonia californica.



Darlingtonia californica is a fascinating plant to cultivate and observe. It was discovered in 1841 in northern California, and like Dionaea (the Venus Flytrap) and Cephalotus (the western Australia pitcher plant), it is a plant species so unique that it is the sole member of its genus.

Although Darlingtonia is in the same family (Sarraceniaceae) as other north american pitcher plants, it has a complex and striking appearance and form that is unique among pitcher plants: the flanged, twisting pitcher rises up to several feet and is topped by a large head that looks inflated like a balloon and is dotted with almost clear window-like areas, and with colorful projections that make the plant look reminiscent of a snake's head with extended forked tongue.

Darlingtonias have a reputation for being demanding or challenging to grow. However, the mountain variety from which these seeds are harvested is considered much hardier and easier to grow.  In its natural habitat, these Darlingtonia occasionally experience day time highs of over 110°F in the summer and night time lows near 0°F in the winter.


Customer Reviews 5 item(s)

The seeds arrived carefully packaged with clear labels. This was my first time purchasing from this store and I will definitely purchase again! I highly recommend this store for all your carnivorous plant needs!
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Review by Quinton R / (Posted on 4/23/2014)
Bunches o' Seedlings
I planted half of these seeds without stratification, half with. I had about one-hundred percent germination either way (i.e. highly viable seed). Each planting currently has between 40 and 55 seedlings right now, making for a total of about 80-110 seeds per one "50 seed" order.

Viable? Yes. Numerous? Yes. Bargain? YES.

Great job FTS. I think I might just order some more for fun. Thanks!
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Review by cbennett4041 / (Posted on 5/29/2013)
Wow! Thanks so much!
I placed an order for 50 of these, and probably got between 2 and 3x as many! I put about 2/3 of the order into cold stratification immediately (about 3 weeks ago) and sowed the rest of long fiber sphagnum moss, and I already have one sprout (as I understand, it is not uncommon for these to take 4-8 weeks to sprout!) I'm SO excited, because there are a couple of others that appear to be "trying" to sprout (you can see the plant emerging, but the leaves haven't made it out of the seed yet!) and they're in general doing really well. I can't wait until next week or so to get the others out of the fridge and sow them as well! Thank you!!!
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Review by mnwatson1 / (Posted on 5/24/2013)
I didn't think much of this order, but when these seeds came I got probably 2X what I ordered, and many many germinated, I didn't use cold strat either, lovely these guys are slow growers but hey if you've got some time, it's definately worth it!!!!
100% satisfaction.
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Review by David F / (Posted on 12/19/2011)
Very pleased!
These and the Dionaea seeds were my first purchases from this store, and I couldn't be happier! The little details impress me, so I was really excited about the packaging and the note Matt included wishing me luck with the seeds. The shipping was fast and they shipped the day I ordered them. I'll definitely be ordering from Flytrapstore.com again and again! Thanks so much! Review by Shes Crofty / (Posted on 5/6/2011)