This plant is like nepenthes, insects become the nutrition of this plant. This plant will become unique plant for your garden. This carnivore plant has unique organ to trap its victim. The organ is buble or vesicle on the top of leaf which curved front. So, its commonly called as cobra lily. Darlingtonia California foundeed by J.D. Brackenridge, American Botanical at Oregon, West north California, Shasta Mountain Range in 1841.
At buble surface, there are young green pockmarked sowed. That pockmarked contains as thin nets, almost transparent. So, inside the bubble become very bright while touched by sun light.
So, how to planting it? This cobra is easy to plant as long as the place is appropriated with its original nature habitat. Darlingtonia like sites that have temperature below 30 degree Celcius when summer and 10 degree Celcius when winter.
If you are live on tropical country or area that have no cold temperature, try this trick below to plant this cobra:
It like humid until wet area. Sphagnum moss and perlit mixing media match for its live because tied water. Darlingtonia also need good drainage, so sand is needed as the plant media mixed. The composition of those three media is 2:1:1. To care the humidity while summer, put the pot in pond and supported by rack so the bottom at pot submerged in the water.
This Sarraceneace family roots need enough cold temperature. It because this plant live on site that watering by water from snow river. Because of that, when temperature higher than 30 degree Celsius, add ice grains surrounding the roots area.
In its life cycle, darlingtonia experience dormancy in winter. All of metabolism stopped, leaves drop off. Only rhizome left. If darlingtonia cultivate outside its habitat, keep the rhizome in refrigerator under 10°C about 3-4 months.
When spring begins, rhizome begins to flowering. Darlingtonia flower is unique, the crown never blossoms. The color is purple with yellow lines. Hanging sheath commonly opinioned as the crown.
Darlingtonia is easy to culture. It better if darlingtonia culture in vegetative way: cut the stolon, stick that crawl on soil. It growth at the middle until end of spring season. Cut the stolon if there is bud and roots. Put the cutted stolon in wet spaghnum moss media, then keep in dry but humid place. In couples weeks buds will grow become new leaves.