Atlanta Botanical Garden

Sarracenia (Pitcher Plants) Collection

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Mary Pat Matheson, Executive Director
Ron Determann, Conservatory & Conservation Director

Primary Focus:
Conservation-based collection focused on genetic diversity

78 taxa, including species, subspecies, varieties, and hybrids.
65% from cultivated sources, 35% of documented wild origin.
Seed Bank

The extensive collection of Sarracenia at Atlanta Botanical Garden contains a wide variety of indexed species as well as horticulturally significant taxa. Sarracenia are carnivorous plants indigenous to the eastern US and Canada, Texas, and the Great Lakes, with most species occurring only in the southeast US. The climate in Atlanta is well suited for growing the majority of these species. The Conservation Garden displays themed bog habitats showcasing native pitcher plants. Living collections are further backed up by a seed bank for long-term storage. Specialized facilities including a state-of-the-art conservation greenhouse and tissue culture lab permit superior propagation of rare species for future reintroduction and augmentation. The experienced staff has developed protocols for successful Sarracenia germination, micropropagation, horticulture, and reintroduction into the wild.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden plays a significant role in the conservation of Southeastern US endangered plants including several species of Sarracenia. It has established working relationships with federal and state government agencies, other conservation organizations, and private landowners throughout the region. These successful partnerships have yielded multiple contracts to the Garden's conservation program for the restoration and conservation of bog habitats and the rare Sarracenia found on these sites.

Taxonomic References and Authorities:
von Arx, B., J. Schlauer, and M.Groves. 2001. CITES Carnivorous Plant Checklist. The Cromwell Press, Great Britain.

Schnell, D.E. 1998. A Pitcher Key to the Genus Sarracenia L. (Sarraceniaceae). Castanea. 63 (4): 489-492.

October 2006