Darlingtonia californica

Of the hundreds, if not thousands, of plants of cobra lily that I observed a few weeks ago, only a few were in bloom (at one of the 4 or 5 sites that I visited). I’m hoping that many more will be in bloom when I revisit these areas in two day’s time, so that I can get a close-up shot of the intriguing flowers.

More information on this species (and a flowerless photograph) available in a previous BPotD: Darlingtonia californica.

Darlingtonia californica

14 responses to “Darlingtonia californica”

  1. Margeret

    The flower is indeed intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Zarz

    Fascinating. I’m looking forward to the close-ups. I had imagined these growing in soggy wet conditions. Very interesting.

  3. patrick

    wow, I’ve never heard the name cobra lily – that is much cooler than pitcher plant!

  4. mtn laurel

    So cool! These are a lot taller (& somewhat more ominous-looking …) than the ones out here on the East Coast).
    Zarz – some pitcher plants definitely do grow in soggier places … I fell in a bog last week on a field trip trying to get a better look at some …

  5. Chris

    There are some lovely examples of both northern and southern pitcher plants at Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA, a beautiful native plant sanctuary. The northern pitcher plants grow close to the ground; the southern varieties are taller, as they generally have to compete with tall grasses.

  6. Eric in SF

    I’ve only seen this at the Conservatory of Flowers here in San Francisco:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericinsf/617204262/
    but I do hope to get up to the Darlingtonia preserve and see this species along with Cypripedium californicum later this season.

  7. elizabeth a airhart

    thank you for the post card daniel
    one may zoom in on the picture it does help
    happy earth day world a very happy earth day

  8. MsWinterfinch

    When I saw your picture, Daniel, I thought how weird some things on earth are. I’ve only seen Cobra lily in garden magazine close ups.
    To come upon such a little community of cobras really puzzled me until I read your explanation. Good luck on finding more of them on your return.

  9. Ed

    These can be viewed along Hwy. 101 just north of Florence on the Oregon Coast. I have stopped here several times while vacationing in Oregon. There is a little wayside where you walk around on wooden walkways to view the plants growing in a peat bog. They are really interesting to see and it does not take long to walk around. Makes a nice break while driving along this stretch of Oregon.

  10. Sheila

    It looks pretty damp to me – is that water lying in the grass at the front of the photo?

  11. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    What a captivating plant! I just went to the earlier page you linked to (January 2007), and followed the link there to Makoto Honda’s carnivorous plants website — he has galleries of stunning photos that really provide a good sense of the form and the habitat of this plant. Both the leaf and the flower are equally beautiful and interesting.
    His website also includes other carnivorous plants, such as the sun dew — one of my favourites.

  12. Marie Viljoen

    Is there a widget for on Mac users, too? Please?

  13. Marie Viljoen

    Make that NON Mac users 🙂

  14. Ron B

    Years ago I saw this growing around a hot spring in the mountains of southwest Oregon, along with Cypripedium californicum and Rhododendron occidentale – both of which were in bloom. A road crew had installed a pipe which funneled hot water into an open-to-the-sky-and-everyone bath tub.
    What a setting for a bath!

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