Our first day out in the field was truly amazing. In my 30 plus years of growing Sarracenia, I’ve never been to see the mountain form of S. purpurea. Today was the day where that was going to change. We met up with our guide Mark and off we went.
Our first stop was a lake margin in North Carolina where S. purpurea ssp venosa var montana grew. The place was literally littered with plants. The population looked strong, with many mature plants, young plants and a lot of seedling recruitment. The only hitch, the land is for sale to be developed into a housing subdivision. The other side of the lake now has houses and finely manicured walled lake margins! Here are some of the plants we found here.
From here we headed west to another purpurea bog. However, before we got there we had to stop for lunch… Nothing like a plate of BBQ to beat away those hunger pangs! Good food at a good price… no complaints.
When we arrived at the second bog, you couldn’t help but notice that this habitat was very different from the lake margin. This one was much more grown over, infact at the margins of the bog, the plants growing on a forest floor in the shade. They had flowered, so they were obviously healthy. However, they lacked any color… at first I thought I found antho free mountain purpurea, but after a quick reality check and check of the growing point just to be sure, they were clearly regular purpurea growing the the shade.
The plants in the bog proper, were still somewhat shaded by the overgrowth of shrub species, but there was enough light to get the plants to show some color.
From here it was off to see our first Appendix 1 species… S. rubra ssp jonesii!