Much of the collection had been jammed packed into community pots and maintained that way for decades, these wherryi's were no exception to the torture! Well, they've since been freed from their completely decomposed soil: the pot had only about 10% of the original peat left in it, the rest were old roots!
These were definitely on their last legs this past winter, but then they got spaced out and planted into some fresh peat moss...they were spared the plant cemetery! A few of them are very interesting red forms that I haven't really ever seen grown to their fullest potential because they've been overly crowded and shaded by nearby plants for as long as I've had them.
Anyways, rubra wherryi has raspberry scented, red flowers in the spring, and their best show is in the fall, much like S. leucophylla. These plants are pretty tough and can tolerate a wide range of abuse, but they do best being grown like S. leucophylla (ie. not sitting in water constantly).
S. rubra ssp. wherryi Washington Co, AL, pics taken 7/23/20:
I got my eyes on this clone, it might color up even more during the fall! This really reminds me of an alabamensis clone I lost many years ago:
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
Oct 3, 2020 10:35:54 GMT -5