Darlingtonia californica is a carnivorous plant native to Northern California and southern Oregon. They are also know as the ‘cobra plant’ or 'cobra lily’ because of their bulbous green heads, twisted red tongues and long, tubular pitchers. Insects are lured into the trap with nectar and are tricked into thinking escape is possible through the light windows in the hood of the pitcher. Eventually they fall into the tube, where prey is broken down into nutrients for the plant to absorb.
Darlingtonia californica, the California Pitcher Plant/Cobra Plant. The insect-trapping leaves grow up to 48″ tall and can be found growing naturally in Northern California and Southern Oregon. These plants are some of the most highly evolved of the Sarraceniaceae pitcher plants, and their peculiar snake-like appearance leaves memorable impressions on everyone who encounters this species.
Darlingtonia californica, the “Cobra Plant” or “California Pitcher Plant”. This carnivorous plant is native to Northern California and Oregon. Its snake-like pitchers groq up to 4ft. tall in the wild, and over time colonies of Darlingtonia can take over a few dozen square feet.
Darlingtonia californica, commonly called the “Cobra Lilly”. This amazing pitcher plant is a Californian and Oregonian native, having been discovered by Mt. Shasta, CA., and it is the only member of its family to grow naturally on the West Coast. Truly, this plant is nothing short of amazing. It’s “fanged” pitchers can grow quite large—3 to 4 feet—and the species is full of all sorts of botanical mysteries that make plant geeks such as myself giddy with delight. It’s natural pollinator has remained un-found for 100s of years, it may or may not produce its own digestive enzymes, and each Darlingtonia pitcher harbors a terrifying variety of microscopic predators that assist the plant in breaking down prey into more easily absorbed matter. What is not to love?