S. flava var. rugelii clone A is shapely, fast growing, produces a well pronounced red throat, has a fat neck, and consistently produces large traps year after year. For horticultural purposes, it's one of the best rugelii's I know of, and for this reason, I call it 'best clone.' On the other hand, Clone B is slower growing, but has some really shapely traps, and a well developed red throat. What I find particularly interesting about clone B is the neck-it's very skinny. It can also produce some nice sized traps under optimal conditions, but it doesn't produce consistently like clone A. While it's not the best grower, it's one of the best looking, in my opinion.
So what do you get when you cross the two together? Most of the plants look like either clone B or clone A, or something in between. The individual below has the vigor, consistent large pitcher production of clone A, but almost exact same look as clone B aka best of both worlds.
Photos taken 4/4/14:
This photo was taken 3/30/14. It was mostly cold and rainy, but the sun peaked its eye out every once in a while. The traps had just started to open, and they looked a little deflated:
Here it is on 3/29/14:
I've been distributing divisions from this seed batch for more than a decade now, and what surprised me the most was when my neighbor came back and showed me a photo of a plant he got from me (I think he was around 10 years old at the time). It was the same rugelii AxB seed batch, and the plant looked nice, but didn't seem to stand out by any means (at least not when I had it). He grew it in a greenhouse for a season, and the next spring, he shared a photo with me. My jaw dropped when I saw how big the new pitcher was-that thing is in a 4" square pot and is almost 3 feet tall!
Last Edit: Apr 7, 2014 11:49:49 GMT -5 by meizzwang
Here is mine. its currently one of my favorite plants in the collection, hoping to cross my clone H x (A x B #1) next saeson. As you can see, it is also my avatar as of 4/26/14. just for comparison here is a picture of last years pitcher when it was recently repotted.
My A x B is insanely vigorous, it almost triples in size every growing season. Haven't had any extremely large pitchers yet though.. I put one division in a two gallon nursery pot this summer, so hopefully I'll start to see some decent sized pitchers in a season or two. That is if rot doesn't hit it again in the spring
Last Edit: Oct 12, 2015 15:51:12 GMT -5 by Morpheus
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sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
Sept 10, 2020 18:46:52 GMT -5
adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
Sept 22, 2020 20:15:04 GMT -5
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