Thanks to Anne we are having a lot of success this year with our carnivorous plants!
Here we have 3 plants and some of Anne’s great new basic care and prop info to go with it. Enjoy!
Dionaea muscipula “Dente” is the small-toothed Venus Fly Trap of lore. Will eat rats and pigeons when it has grown big enough. Which should be any minute now.
Dionea (Venus Fly Trap): Grow using the tray method year round. Hardy outside year round in the Bay Area and can take full sun once hardened off.
Sarracenia purpurea is a lower growing Pitcher Plant from the swamps of the Allegheny Mountains. I wonder if that’s true? No, sadly it’s not. There are no swamps once you get high enough up in the Alleghenys. Good to know.
Sarracenia (American, or Temperate, Pitcher Plant): Grow using the tray method year round. Hardy outside year round in the Bay Area and can take full sun once hardened off.
Soil: equal parts peat, sand, and pumice
Pinguicula moctezumae is a Butterwort from Mexico. It looks like it has had a hardy meal.
Pinguicula (Butterwort): The species that we currently carry, Pinguicula moctezumae, is a Mexican species which grows in an environment where it has warm wet summers and cool dry winters.
Thanks, Anne for all the great info!
Anne found an article on the Beeb letting us know that Nepenthes can sometimes glow blue.
How blue? Well, blue enough that it looks like the carnivorous plants have cold lips.
Carnivorous Plants are just getting a real workout here on the blog recently.
Sarracenia alata is our newest species. It’s also known as Yellow Trumpets or Pale Pitcher Plant, and it hails from the Gulf Coast area. Most commonly from Mississippi.
The Sarracenia rubra are looking particularly fresh today. Some might say they’re chatting with each other. Yacking away through the summertime.
Another picture after the break… (more…)
It’s been a long cold winter for the Pitcher Plants, but they’re finally ready to come out for spring.
These are spectacular, even if they don’t have a lot of pitchers – big and blooming too. Very distinctive. Great form! I give them a 9.6.
Sarracenia purpurea, not sure the subspecies, but they are full and very veiny. A bit more common than the flavas, but not as subtle. 8.7 is all they can garner from my scoring machine. Maybe I should revisit the point system and the computer algorithm.
i picked up a Sarracenia purpurea while i was there a few weeks ago, and was wondering if you guys had more information about the plant [subspecies/origin]?
thanks for your time!
The plant is from the east coast, and is quite cold hardy even surviving up into Canada. As far as we know, the plants we sell are not a subspecies; we get them from a grower back East.
The pitchers create a digestive enzyme in the base that digests the prey, and the neck of the pitchers are lined with hairs that keep the flies and such from climbing back out. Over time the digestive juices are replaced in older pitchers by bacteria and protozoa that digest the prey and make the nutrients available to the plants.
Here is an awesome botanical illustration from a long long time ago.
Oldest known picture of Sarracenia purpurea, from Clusius’ “Rariorum plantarum historia”, cf. 18, 1601
And in habitat in North Carolina.
1985. Horse Cove bog, near Highlands, Macon County, North Carolina, United States
Sturgis McKeever, Georgia Southern University
Dame Helen Mirren is presented with a nepenthes cultivar (a new variety of the carnivorous pitcher plant), Nepenthes ‘Helen’ named in her honour. Doesn’t she look pleased?
Blogs that caught my eye today include:
Bamboo and More is quietly enjoying the rainy weather through a lens.
The Pitcher Plant Project also has some new carnivorous pitchers growing, but these are the other type of Pitcher Plant, the Sarracenias.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day we’re finally bringing out some new Sarracenias.
And the Pinguiculas are blooming too.
Now you know? You do! You do know!
The Pitcher Plant Project has some great photos of Sarracenias by moonlight.
We were not having a lot of success with our pitcher plants this year so Hap tested the water. In the past, EBMUD’s water was nicely neutral, but this year it has become a lot more alkaline so we’ve had to start correcting the water.
Everyone recommends distilled water for carnivorous plants, and we agree.
But we’re using a teaspoon of vinegar in a gallon of regular water at the nursery since it’s cheaper. And at home we’re using our refrigerated drinking water – we put lemon slices in the water and that works too!
Nepenthes alata growing a new baby pitcher, finally. It’s only about an inch right now, but it will eventually get to 12″.