While this probably isn't the exact reason Phil named the cultivar black widow, the name is absolutely a perfect fit for this jaw dropping cultivar. Photo taken 5/31/16, it's un EFFIN REAL! Notice the red atropurpureas to the left of black widow for a comparison in darkness:
Last Edit: May 31, 2016 18:10:17 GMT -5 by meizzwang
If this is a "sport" or mutant of Phil's black widow, I'd call it " S. BLACK as EF" cuz that's what it is! Photos taken 6/20/16, easily the blackest, darkest Sarracenia in cultivation. Freakin hats off to Phil, I sometimes can't believe my eyes when I see this plant, but it's as black as you see it!
Last Edit: Jul 11, 2017 12:56:20 GMT -5 by meizzwang
I acquired this Black Widow as a small plant from Dean Cook in 2017, and it is finally showing me what it can do. Honestly I was shocked with how vigorous this pitcher is and now, after two seasons of mediocre performance, I am beginning to understand what this plant's hype is about, even before getting to its name sake coloring.
looking again at the pics in this thread and elsewhere, I agree meizzwang . It may be environmental or as simple as the angle of the shots I'm taking. This trap seems to have presented heavily on the alata side of the cross, with its bulbous shape. I'm going to take some better shots by moving the plant when I get home but here is one I attempted to get its really dark backside:
Also, I saw another trap forming so we'll see where that goes.
Okay, this is looking more like a S. "pretty dark widow" but not quite black widow...yet! We just had a heat wave that fried quite a few of the traps, so unfortunately, I'm not sure these will last long enough to get really black. Maybe the next set of pitchers will be good looking.
To recap, this clone really needs to have the traps age for quite a while before they blacken up. Photos takne 6/10-ish/19:
stu: Hi Mike: I’m pleased to report that the S. rubra wherryi Chatom Giant you sent has arrived in great shape as did the bonus plant from NC. Both are now back under southern skies and are feeling warm, humid, and at home again. Thanks!
Jul 22, 2020 13:21:21 GMT -5
sanguinearocks101: I am planning on doing an order from Mike... and I’m on a budget, some of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made
Aug 27, 2020 8:28:29 GMT -5
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
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