Sometimes, you don't realize there's a gem hiding amongst the others until one day, it just sticks out like sore thumb! Every spring is exciting because plants that looked otherwise nominal the previous year can look completely different after becoming well established.
Here's an absolutely stunning clone that I acquired from Jerry Addington of Courting Frogs Nursery. I think he mentioned that this is the best cuprea he has, and there's no doubt that this is a solid clone. The yellowish-green body contrasts well with the dark, coppery top. Will the copper color on top of the lid fade away as the trap ages? Probably not, but we'll see.
Photos taken 4/20/14:
You might wonder why this is called chocolate top, since the color is more of a dark coppery color, at least when grown outdoors. Jerry grows his plants under greenhouse plastic, and my guess is he is able to get these to color up a lot darker than this. Oh, and FYI: those other lighter colored traps in the lower left hand corner of the photo belong to a different clone:
almost Looks like a regular old flava from this angle:
Last Edit: Apr 21, 2014 12:31:58 GMT -5 by meizzwang
Good question KE, I haven't noticed this plant in the collection until now, but I'll keep an eye on it and will let you know. It seems as though this one shouldn't fade away over time...fingers crossed! If I get a chance to talk to Jerry in the meantime, I'll also ask him.
S. flava var. cuprea 'Chocolate Top' looking pretty amazing right now! Under optimal conditions, the copper color on the lids don't fade away! What I haven't really ever captured in the pics until now is how amazing the contrast is between the green body and the coppery lid. Photos taken 7/2/18:
You can really see the contrast here, green with a yellow tinged body with a solid(ish), coppery top!
Last Edit: Jul 3, 2018 12:52:08 GMT -5 by meizzwang
Lookin really nice again this year! I'm diggin' using S. oreophila Cherokeee Co, AL population as the background for some of these pics, really seems to work well. Here are photos of S. flava var. cuprea 'chocolate top', taken 5/11/20:
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
sarrseens: How about $50
Oct 3, 2020 10:35:54 GMT -5