Today I received my copy of the March 2015 Carnivorous Plant newsletter! YAY! If you haven’t already done so, become a member of the International Carnivorous Plant Society to get your copy of quarterly carnivorous plant newsletter goodness. In this issue, a plant that I hold near and dear to me has been registered and published. Sarracenia ‘Legacy’ is now an official cultivar! I can not take the credit for this plant though. This was a cross that was done by Brooks Garcia, and I grew S. ‘Legacy’ out from that 2008 seed batch. (Brooks, thank you so much for sharing your creativity and passion with the world!) Something brilliant was bound to come out of the combined bloodline of S. ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x ‘Adrian Slack’. I’m thankful that I was fortunate enough to receive the seed that this plant came out of. This is the first plant that I’ve submitted and registered. Although my purpose of growing these plants is to enjoy them, I am hoping that some of my own creations would produce cultivar quality plants. And who knows, maybe some of those will be registered in the future. (Note: see past post The Name Game.)
Below is the description that is published in this issue of the CPN. The description can also be viewed on the International Carnivorous Plant Society website:
Submitted: 24 September 2014
Sarracenia ‘Legacy’ is a cross of S. ‘Leah Wilkerson’ × S. ‘Adrian Slack’ produced by Brooks Garcia in 2008, which I grew out from seed. Out of a very small handful of seeds that Brooks sent to me that year, I was only able to germinate two seedlings. Sarracenia ‘Legacy’ was the only plant to survive and grow from that particular batch.
I coined the name Sarracenia ‘Legacy’ in 2012. The word “legacy” refers to a gift, or something of value passed on from one generation to another. The name is derived from a combination of factors. Sarracenia ‘Legacy’ commemorates the individuals the parent plants are named after, as well as their work with the furtherance and cultivation of this majestic genus. “Legacy” also pays homage to the influence that the parent plants have, and will continue to have on Sarracenia cultivation for generations to come. On a more personal note, the name also pays tribute to those who have inspired me in my botanical endeavors. I am deeply thankful for the botanical passion, vision, and drive that has been passed into my life by so many wonderful individuals.
Young pitchers start off predominantly greenish, with traces of white in the upper portion. As pitchers mature under intense light, the white top portion of the pitcher intensifies and spreads, and a strong prominent dark red splotch develops in the throat. These features have been stable in both outdoor and greenhouse conditions. The pitchers of Sarracenia ‘Legacy’ typically attain a height of 60-75 cm however larger pitchers have been observed. Blooms are yellowish-cream with light hints of pink on the sepals. This plant should be reproduced only by vegetative means to ensure that its unique characteristics are maintained.