I took this photo over a week ago and finally have time to post it… At first glance it looks like it could be a flower of flava x leuco flower or flava x purpurea. There is probably some truth the latter.
As you all know, S. flava produces very large yellow, cat pee smelling flowers! Well these flowers are large and do smell like cat pee! but they aren’t yellow! These are the famed “pink flowered” flavas from Bay Co. Florida. They originated from what is now a pine plantation in what was once a bog called Cook’s Bayou. These plants are 100% morphologically S. flava. The leaves turn red in full sun and in many cases these have been called atropurpurea by many growers. However, unlike true atros, these flowers are pink and get darker as flower gets older. I’ve had conversations with many other growers over the years regarding these plants. The consensus seems to be that these plants are of hybrid origin, likely introgressed with S. purpurea and backcrossed many times with flava. Over time, it has yielding a flava looking plants with lots of red pigment in the leaves and a flush of red in the flowers.