Sarracenia (leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. rubricorpora) x ‘Adrian Slack’

A young plant from a cross I did some years ago. Not of blooming age yet. The mother/pod parent plant – Sarracenia (leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. rubricorpora) – is a fantastic red moorei bred by Phil Faulisi. There are some interesting variations going on with the siblings, and I’ll post some photos later on in the season. For now here’s one of the larger plants from the bunch. There’s some great coloration going on right now with this one.


Sarracenia (leucophylla "Purple Lips" x flava var. rubricorpora) x 'Adrian Slack'Sarracenia (leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. rubricorpora) x ‘Adrian Slack’

Sarracenia (leucophylla "Purple Lips" x flava var. rubricorpora) x 'Adrian Slack'Sarracenia (leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. rubricorpora) x ‘Adrian Slack’

Sarracenia “Green Monster” x alata f. viridescens

Last year there was this one cross I almost forgot about until I stumbled upon it during clean up. Yeah! I just love it when that happens! It was S. “Green Monster” x alata f. viridescens (the anthocyanin free form of S. alata). You can see last year’s pitchers in this post. This year a little bit more character can be seen in the plant. I really like how it has been developing. I enjoy how the windows from S. “Green Monster” are combined with the bulbous shape in the upper portion of the pitcher thanks to the S. alata f. viridescens influence. It is still not of blooming age yet; perhaps it will be next year or the year after. This particular plant is one of the larger ones from the litter. The other siblings look similar and are a little smaller. I’m grading those babies out and hoping for some nice surprises from the batch! :)

Sarracenia "Green Monster" x alata AFSarracenia “Green Monster” x alata AF

Sarracenia "Green Monster" x alata AFSarracenia “Green Monster” x alata AF

Sarracenia ‘Vintner’s Treasure’

A recently opened pitcher of Sarracenia ‘Vintner’s Treasure’.  The color will intensify and deepen to a very rich deep maroon/purple as the pitcher ages.
A Phil Faulisi creation – more information on this wonderful cultivar can be found on the ICPS website.

Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’ – Flower and Pollen

Adrian slack flower-1Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’ flower

Pollination Tools

It is that time of year again when blooms are exploding all over The Asylum and I can’t help but dream about all the possible pollination combinations. I actually did my first cross earlier last week. I selfed S. ‘Adrian Slack’. Now I don’t know if I will get any seed as I can’t seem to use S. ‘Adrian Slack’ as a pod parent. I know of a couple other growers who have the same issue. It could be a number of factors but this still won’t stop me from trying to use it as a pod parent whenever I have the opportunity. At least I’ve used the pollen in years past with great success. I actually already had a few blooms in play before the S. ‘Adrian Slack’ bloom opened up. The first ones to open up this year were the S. alata plants, then the S. oreophila plants soon after. I could of went to town starting with those but I really am trying to be more disciplined with what I cross now. (At least until I either retire – or work with this plant thing full time. Ohhh dayumn. You better watch out then!) Plus… this year I kinda need to catch up with this trimming and repotting of the other plants anyway. Now, this doesn’t mean that I won’t do any crosses this year; it just means that I won’t do as many. Maybe. Yeah… I tell myself this every year but let’s see if I actually stick with it this time around.

Sarracenia 'Adrian Slack' pollenSarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’ pollen

The shot above is how I collect/store the pollen. I simply use disposable shot glasses and then cover with another shot glass. Next I store it in the fridge. Any similar type of container will work just fine. I usually use up the pollen within a month or so. I’ve gone up to about two months using fridge-stored pollen with success and have never needed to really go beyond that. I have heard freezer stored pollen can last longer, but I’ve never tried it.

How about that pollen tho, isn’t it sexy? Doesn’t it turn you on?! I mean, what would you throw this pollen on? Storing pollen gives me great flexibility and allows me to plan for potential pollinations. Good times! (By the way, for more pollen posts check out these past entries: here is one from 2013, and another nerdy entry from 2010. 20-freakin-10! )

Pollen On BrushAww yeah… Ready for some plant lovin’. Bom-chicka-wow-wow.

Sarracenia ‘Legacy’ – Officially Registered!

Sarracenia 'Leah Wilkerson' x 'Adrian Slack'Sarracenia ‘Legacy’

Carnivorous Plant Newsletter – March 2015

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:


Sarracenia ‘Legacy’ – published in the International Carnivorous Plant Newsletter – March 2015 issue.

Sarracenia ‘Legacy’ – back cover

Sarracenia ‘Legacy’
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.