What does a Sarracenia obsessive do when he has some free time on Thursday afternoon? Check out the Sarracenia of course! And in the space of 90 minutes I watched this plant catch two large wasps (the big ones with the dangly legs and all) and a large black fly. Down the hatch, just like that. Plus there was a wasp already caught and struggling in one of the traps when I got there. This particular plant has caught more wasps than any other in my collection - at this rate the traps will be up to the brim before long . It's hard to tell from this picture, but like it's parent 'Night' this plant produces gobs of nectar all around the mouth, under the hood, and even down inside the pitcher tube for an inch or so, and the yellowjackets are just smitten. This photo was taken a over a month ago and the colors have darkened quite a bit - the entire mouth, lid, and upper tube are now suffused with that uniquely alata shade of dark red. The pitchers on this guy are pretty handsome for a spring crop and I am looking forward to seeing what it does in the late summer and fall.
Another BACPS show score - I got these from the UC Davis table (thanks Ernesto!!). They are actually S. alata 'Night' x sib, not x self but close enough! I just wanted to post a pic to show what they look like - I'm curious to see how dark they stay when not under greenhouse conditions (will keep you all posted). They are practically twins, but these are in fact two different clones.
Photo update on the darker clone. The colors have shifted dramatically from a bloody red when the pitcher was about a week old to very dark reds and blacks at about 5-6 weeks. The lid is a fantastic contrast to the blackish mouth!
The cultivar 'Night' got its name not for its dark color per se but for the way the nectar droplets twinkle like stars in the night sky against the blackish column. I wish my iphone took better pics but you can sort of see that beautiful effect in this seedling too!
My 'Night' x self has popped out a pair of fall traps. The plant kinda just chilled from mid-July to mid-August and then BAM these things developed very rapidly. The plant has now ceased growth for the season - these pitcher plants seem to know exactly what they're doing! Interestingly, my two 'Night' x sib plants, which are really quite superior to this clone IMHO, haven't produced traps this fall - they produced some very robust fall-type traps in July and have just sat there catching bugs since then. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they started their season early in the UC Davis greenhouse before I got them?? Anyhow, these x self traps are var. rubrioperculata - not sure they'll get much darker than this:
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