Sarracenia ‘Waccamaw’ is the most beautiful example of flava var. atropurpurea. It is originally from Green Swamp, North Carolina and was was imported to New Zealand by Christchurch Botanical Gardens in the 1980’s. The plant eventually found its way to Don Gray, who cultivated and registered it. In the spring, new pitchers emerge colored bright red. The intense red color saturates the entire exterior of the leaf. In striking contrast, the interior is bright yellow, maturing to red with vertical venation. Phyllodia are produced in fall. It is by far, the most attractive Sarracenia flava in cultivation.
Sarracenia "Kew Gardens" pitcher plant is a fast-growing medium height hybrid of unknown ancestry. It is the darkest pitcher plant we have ever seen, even darker than the Sarracenia purpurea or Sarracenia alata nigrapururea. The leaves emerge maroon. By late fall, the mature leaves are nearly black. The undulating lids are reminiscent of rubra with heavy venation throughout. Leaves are usually 18 inches tall with 2.5 inch wide hoods. Its thick stand of black leaves will stand out in any collection.
The progeny from this cross will be quite dark color with some range in shape. We have produced some exceedingly dark seedlings from crosses involving "Kew" so can you imagine a plant that looks like 'Waccamaw' but almost black, against a yellow lip? The thought is almost too much to bare so maybe you should see if that possibility is in this cross.
Packets of pitcher seeds! If you're patient and meticulous, growing from seed is a good way to dramatically expand your pitcher garden. Each packet contains approximately 25 seeds.
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