In the UK, Sarracenia purpurea is an invasive species. As a matter of fact: "At sites in the Lake District, Cumbria and the New forest Dorset, UK, Sarracenia pitcher plants have been removed, to eliminate any possible threat they had on native wetland flora and fauna"
This study focuses on bumble bee capture in the UK over multiple years, and postulates that the plants may actually be attracting Bombus specifically. "t is not surprising that pitcher plants would prey on bumblebees, as bumblebees may be attracted to the nectar produced by pitchers (Cresswell 1991; Deppe et al. 2000; Bennett and Ellison 2009), the leaf colouration (Schaefer and Ruxton 2008), UV reflection (Joel et al. 1985), attractive volatiles (Jürgens et al. 2009) and possibly stored water (Ferry and Corbet 1996). Bumblebees from the genus Bombus are also known pollinators of pitcher plants in their native habitat and therefore also might be attracted to the flowers of S. purpurea in the UK (Schnell 1983; Ne’eman et al. 2006; Horner 2014)."
What do you think of Sarracenia as an invasive, and possibly affecting the bee population in the UK?
Creator of the forums! Yeah, I know I was away for a while, but I am back!!!
Post by AudacityOfTheMind on Sept 25, 2017 23:55:34 GMT -5
I'm not sure how the flora and fauna dynamics is across the pond from us but I agree with my bro gotsarrs , I've never in my 8 years of growing specifically S. x Purpureas did I ever see any bee in their pitchers.
As far as being invasive in the U.K., I can see it happening cause they've got the perfect conditions for Purpureas to do so with their wet conditions and tons of bogs. And also I've heard and read about people throwing "seed bombs" ( Sarracenia seeds wrapped in long fibered moss that's tied up as a ball) in the "moors" (bogs) out there. The famous Adrian Slack himself have also been guilty of throwing "seed bombs" in the "moors." I once got into an argument on CPUK with a Brit who thought I was full of shit when I name dropped the Adrian Slack for seed bombing and this dude said "He would never do such a thing" and I said "yes he did" until Mike King, yes The Mike King himself stepped in and confirmed and agreed to what I said lol.
It's interesting to hear - though definitely possible with the lack of adaptation in the UK for the bees to avoid it - especially since in France, I know a seller who also raises bees right next to his Sarracenia In fact, they'll land on the peat to drink water from his bog but they rarely ever get caught according to him and from what I saw The Asian hornets in the other hand get swallowed up non-stop
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