For those people who grow Sarracenia, you know as well as I do, that the late summer-fall flush of pitchers are always the Best of the Season… well mostly!
Sarracenia flava and Sarracenia oreophila don’t quite fall into that category. These two species pitcher best in the spring and early summer. As the heat of summer kicks in, both species start to put up phylodia (flat, non carnivorous leaves). So enjoy them early. As a side note. There has been speculation that there was a common ancestor to flava and oreophila at one time… that would explain their similar morphology, flower color and growth habits.
Species like S. purpurea, S. minor, S. psittacina and some of the rubra complex are pretty consistent all season. While species, like leucophylla, alata and alabamensis are their peak at this time of year.
Below are some photos of the gardens showing their fall growth
Below are closeups of a couple of my favorites in this bog garden. The first is a natural hybrid between S. rubra ssp rubra and S. purpurea venosa – S x chelsonii.
The next plant pictured got a post of its own a while back… I call this one “freak of nature”! This is a natural hybrid of S. psittacina and S. flava. The fact that normally these two plants flower up to a month or more apart makes it statistically impossible for them to naturally cross… however, there are freak occasions, where one may flower early, or the put up a second flower later. Because their flowering times are so far apart, this is the rarest natural hybrid of them all.
This is one of my favorite purpureas. This is the rare coastal plain form from Tatnall County in Georgia. I may or may not have mentioned this, but there is also a record in Evans County. Its actually the same site! The county line runs right through the bog!
Another of my favorites is this veinless purpurea burkii. There are two in cultivation that I know of. The first one originated from DeFuniak Springs, Florida. I’m not sure if the original plant was named “candle wax” or if it was some its progeny… regardless, “candle wax” is related to the DeFuniak Springs veinless plant. The other veinless purpurea is from Allanton Florida. This plant was self pollinated and seeds distributed to many growers. One of the plants that came from these seeds was given cultivar status by my friend Phil Wilson. The plant was named in honor of my wife, Melissa.
And lastly… the flytrap bog! Its starting to fill in now… I’ve been finding a ton of little seedlings in my bog gardens, so as I’ve been finding them, I’ve been moving them here. I’ve also added a few specific cultivars to this garden as well. It should be something to see in a couple of years.