The extensive collection of Sarracenia at Atlanta Botanical Garden contains a wide variety of indexed species as well as horticulturally significant taxa. Sarracenia are carnivorous plants indigenous to the eastern US and Canada, Texas, and the Great Lakes, with most species occurring only in the southeast US. The climate in Atlanta is well suited for growing the majority of these species.
The Conservation Garden displays themed bog habitats showcasing native pitcher plants. Living collections are further backed up by a seed bank for long-term storage. Specialized facilities including a state-of-the-art conservation greenhouse and tissue culture lab permit superior propagation of rare species for future reintroduction and augmentation. The experienced staff has developed protocols for successful Sarracenia germination, micropropagation, horticulture, and reintroduction into the wild.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden plays a significant role in the conservation of Southeastern US endangered plants including several species of Sarracenia. It has established working relationships with federal and state government agencies, other conservation organizations, and private landowners throughout the region. These successful partnerships have yielded multiple contracts to the Garden’s conservation program for the restoration and conservation of bog habitats and the rare Sarracenia found on these sites.