Darlingtonia californica green pitchers - Kalifornische Kobralilie - 5 seeds
California pitcher plant is a native perennial forb. It is a carnivorous plant that traps insects in its unique leaves. With plentiful light and water in its open bog habitat, the production of nectar is relatively cheap. Insects attracted by the nectar are used as a nutrient source. Adult California pitcher plants have slowly spreading rhizomes which produce a single leaf (pitcher) and roots at each node. The diameter of the rhizome is from 0.6 to 0.8 inch (15-20 mm), although it narrows near the apical tip. Internodes are short and the pitchers appear to arise in a terminal rosette. Each leaf has a sheathing base that encloses the apical bud and the base of the next leaf. Individuals have been aged by counting old leaf bases attached to the rhizome. Pitcher size may vary from over 39 inches (1 m) to as small as 0.4 inches (1 cm), although most pitchers are between 8 and 24 inches (2-6 dm) tall.