When the Sarracenia start to bloom, it’s officially the start of the Growing Season here in Zone 6b.
After the record setting warmth March, April was pretty much a month that kept everything in suspended animation. May has warmed up again and things have really started to grow. I’d say at this point, we’re now about two weeks ahead of where we’d normally be this time of year.
The first harbingers of Spring in the Sarracenia world are Sarracenia flava and Sarracenia purpurea. These two species frequently bloom together. Even here, S. flava from the Carolinas blooms at the same time as our native S. purpurea. Of interest, Gulf Coast flava forms, rugelii and rubricorpora and Gulf coast purpurea bloom later, than the Carolina forms… and they also tend to bloom together. That’s why one of the most common hybrids in the Carolinas and the Gulf Coast is S x catesbaei.
In the photo above, you can see S. flava, S. purpurea and S x catesbaei all blooming together. This makes for some interesting backcrosses in the wild.