Usually, S. alata 'Night' doesn't have the nice coloration for me outdoors this early in the season, but interestingly enough, the red coloration is showing up early. These pitchers can become even darker over time, but at this time, I'm really enjoying the bright red color of the traps.
To recap the history of this clone, it is a wild collected seed from Stone Co, MS acquired by the ICPS and distributed to Tom Cahill, who grew out a seed batch at the University of California, Davis. Out of many individuals, this particular clone showed the most vigor, best shape, and best color. Traps can reach a meter in height. It can get dark purple to almost black under optimal conditions.
Enjoy the photos!
Last Edit: Jun 21, 2018 12:42:16 GMT -5 by meizzwang
I actually didn't supply those seeds, but the pollen plant was another red tube alata from the same population. I've seen dozens of these seedlings from that cross grown out at UC Davis, and while they're all very red and vigorous, the shape isn't as nice as S. alata 'night.' In fact, I will rarely say this, but they selfed S. alata night, and the selfed plants look better than the outcross! Some were almost black.
I think if they used a better pollen donor for the cross, the offspring would have been more shapely. Keep in mind beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this is just my snobby opinion My opinion doesn't necessarily mean you won't find a jewel in that seed batch!
Last Edit: Jul 27, 2012 12:45:56 GMT -5 by meizzwang
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