Sarracenia flava var. flava
Sarracenia flava is commonly referred to as the Yellow Trumpet plant. This common name captures the essence of tall flowering stalks (visibly similar to the “tuning slide” of a trumpet) and pitchers (“bell” of a trumpet). Flowers have bright yellow petals and exude a less-than-lovely essence of cat urine. I have yet to see if the smell is close enough to the real thing to ward off rodents, but maybe we’ll experiment with that one. Either way, it is a highly-variable species of pitcher plant and S. flava var. flava may be the most prototypical variety with tall, slender, yellow-green pitchers, a red “throat” and moderate pitcher venation.
The plant is early to rise in the spring (sometimes as early as late February), sending up the trumpet-esque flowering stalks sooner than most pitcher plant species (except Sarracenia oreophila). Sarracenia flava var. flava naturally grows along the coastal plains of the Atlantic and is most abundant in the Carolinas. Unfortunately for everyone on planet earth, wetland drainage, poaching, and other human activity has turned natural habitat in shopping malls, so make sure your flavas are coming from reputable sources!