In general, pure, unadulterated S. rubra ssp. wherryi in the wild looks...well, plain and boring. I have never seen any photos of regular forms of rubra wherryi that were impressive from a horticultural perspective.
This plant below is an exception, and I've never seen anything like it before. It can get almost 2 ft tall, and has a bronze tinge to it. It's rather vigorous, and it is suspected that perhaps there was some alata in it many generations back..who knows. Flowers are pure dark red with no indication of recent hybridization. My suspicion is this plant no longer exists in the wild and the habitat where it came from is either a building or parking lot, but there is still a chance that it could be extant in the wild.
Looks like the previous pics got wiped out via photobucket, and almost lost this clone a few years ago, but it's growing strong again! A few updates about the history of this clone: I acquired it from California Carnivores (CC's) in the late 90's, way back when Marilee Maerts(sp?) was co-owner. I really liked Marilee and didn't know there was another side to her, but such is human nature for some people: they have a sweet side, but then when you really get to know them, the deep, dark side shows up! Oftentimes, that darkness is only witnessed by a few. Of course, I only saw the sunny side of her and that's what I remember.
Regretfully, Marilee had a falling out with Peter and Damon years later, but since it's off topic and kinda juicier than S. Narrow throat, I'll leave it at that!
Anyways, when I visited the late Bob Hanrahan's property, I noticed this plant was growing there, so I presume this is where the clone originated from.
Anyways, here's a pic of a smaller division, going to try to snap pics of the mother plant soon:
some updated pics of S. rubra wherryi 'best clone.' What's cool about this clone is that it produces great spring/summer trap, along with a very strong set of fall pitchers. This makes me think, even if your grow season is cut short in late september with frosts and you don't get to see the fall traps, this clone is still worth growing for the spring and summer show! Just think of it like a flava
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