There's quite a few S. oreophila clones out there that look very ordinary in the beginning of the grow season, and near the end of the summer, some purple pigments tend to kick in. In contrast, there's Mike King's purple throated clones, which start off with no pigments in the throat, but then they slightly color up during the early summer. By late summer/early fall, they produce very solid, dark purple throats. However, the MK017 plants aren't very vigorous, and don't really produce very big traps.
So what do you get when you mix the 2 types mentioned above? You guessed it-the best of both worlds! You get shapely traps that produce solid red throats in the beginning of the summer! They're also heavily veined, unlike either parent plants! In the seed batch, there's quite a bit of diversity, and only a few are as good as this select clone below.
S. oreophila var. ornata 'purple throat' (UCB x MK017)-select clone, photos taken 6/2/15. The trap to the very left just opened, and the traps to the right are a month or two old:
How beautiful is that? I'm not sure S. oreophila in the wild looks this good:
Last Edit: Apr 29, 2016 13:55:33 GMT -5 by meizzwang
Daaaaaaayum Mike!!! That is truly amazing. Like oreo 'Don Schnell' brought back from the dead. I gotta put the amazing clone you sent me in a bit more light - it does the purple throat thing right away but doesn't look quite as cray cray as yours because I have a bit less sun. There's gonna be a cultivar coming out of this cross methinks...
Feel free to post pics here Calen, I remember you emailed me a stunning photo earlier this year. The one I sent you is pretty darn special too, and I got no backups because I'm wreckless like that sometimes! It looks like about 6 or 7 so far have solid red throats that form during the early summer...maybe the rest will color up later. There's another individual from the batch with a reddish-bronze body, but no purple throat yet, never seen anything like it....perhaps gotta mix up the genes a little bit more to get the colorful body+purple throat. The body usually only colors up in the fall, much like some maples...
Awwww yeeeah I got some pics! Here is my purple throat clone AKA the biggest hook-up ever from M Weezy. (Mike: it has a couple small back shoots and if they have roots by this winter you're getting one - gotta get this clone backed up in case I F up and kill it lol. Can't have a repeat of oreo Don Schnell...) This plant has been surrounded by taller flavas etc until just recently - I bet it can be even more colorful with more complete lighting. Trap on far right is newly opened, other three are a bit older:
Mike and Calen- While I can't grow oreos here in MO, I've always loved the purple-throated ones that I've seen pictures of online. The pictures on this thread are the most magnificent ones I've seen yet! Stunning plants!
Thanks katyadog1! I'm working with the ICPS to release some seeds produced in cultivation that are true to location and are genetically diverse. As for clones like the one above, I'm hoping this one flowers next year because I have other red-throated clones that it can be crossed with! Imagine mixing 4 or 5 generations of red throated plants and only selecting for color, there's no telling what you could end up with.
some new photos, taken 8/9/15. These are the late summer/early fall pitchers, and if you compare the summer and fall traps, they're equally colorful. Most of these red throat clones have their best show in the late summer/early fall, but this clone seems to have an "extended" show:
You can see the old summer traps in the background are starting to die off:
Last Edit: Aug 10, 2015 12:29:27 GMT -5 by meizzwang
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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