I don’t know if you Sarraceniaphiles have noticed this, but Sarracenia oreophila is a little different than most of the other species in the genus… anyone know why? I’ll give you a hint, it has nothing to do with where it grows, or that it grows phylodia… it has something to do with its growth habits.
Well since, I can’t hear anyone yelling out the answer… I’ll have to tell you. S. oreophila starts sending up pitchers before it sends up flowers. Yep, with most other Sarracenia, you see the flower bud pop out of the rhizome before any of the new seasons leaves. S. oreophila does it the other way around.
You can see in the photo above, that there are a number of formed pitchers already, yet the flower isn’t even close to opening. I’ve often wondered why this is the case and I can honestly say, I haven’t been able to come up with a logical solution. If there is a reader out there who knows the answer, I’d love to hear it.