I ventured out to a new bog this weekend. Evidently it's actually a fen. A rich fen to be exact.
I don't tend to think of there being much limestone bedrock in Vermont, but evidently we have some! In contrast to all of the more acidic bogs I've been to this season, there was relatively little sphagnum, whereas the the true bogs around me are full of it. In fact the sphagnum seems to nearly choke out the Sarracenia in the ombotrophic bogs. Not so in this location! The plants were all very visible in large mature clumps. I could see very little damage to the pitchers, unlike in the bog locations. I'm not sure why. Fewer insects? Fewer Moose? I'm really not sure, but the plants looked better than many cultivated plants.
The biggest surprise is how many veinless S. purpurea there were. From my casual observation 30-40% seemed to be veinless. The size of plants ranged from short and squat to some approaching the semi-giant sizes I have seen in the more northern bogs.
We have had 4-5 frosts thus far, so the red coloration is coming out on the plants. I have one or two other sites to check out before snow falls.
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