This is one of those places I’ve always wanted to see. An anomaly as far as color forms of Sarracenia flava go in Florida. I’m speaking about the all red flavas of Blackwater State Forest.
S. flava var atropurpurea, according to the literature, is mainly a Carolina plant. However, Blackwater State forest is home to one of most amazing populations of this color form in existence. I don’t know where I heard this, but someone once told me that they believe these plants were moved here from the Carolinas many years ago. Are they native to this site or introduced… I don’t know for sure. It seems a bit odd that this one bog is loaded with this plant… however, regardless if their origin, it was a sight to behold.
As you can tell by the photos, this form is abundant. There were also plants that were clearly of hybrid origin, but they were few… the bog remained mainly red and yellow! The color of these plants was so striking… deep crimson red from top to bottom. Even in mid August the color was still vibrant and strong.
One other comment. Many plants in cultivation have been labeled atropurpurea, but really arent. There are may red tube (flava var rubricorpora) plants that turn completely red in late summer and can be confused as atropurpurea. Unlike the redtube plants, when these leaves open, the leaf is completely red… period.
As mentioned in the previous post (I think), Jay and I spent this day with Randy and Marie. While Randy is a long time Sarraceniaphile, Marie is pretty new to this. She was very impressed with all of this and decided that she wanted to shoot a video about this bog, and wanted me to be the host! So here is a Youtube link to her video. Sadly, the when she zoomed in for close ups that camera didn’t focus, but its cool none the less.
And so ended day 4. Back to Crestview we went for a shower before going to Randy’s for dinner, yep, you guessed it, BBQ! Beef Ribs and Pulled pork. Not to mention a few icy drinks made using is solar powered blender!