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.


Here’s a small sampling of early buds and bloomers. Many more blooms are on their way which means many more potential crosses to make into a reality.


Sarracenia alataSarracenia alata

Sarracenia alata - TX
Sarracenia alata – Texas

Sarracenia alata - Covington Co., MS(?)
Sarracenia alata – Covington Co.
(Sorry, I am unsure as to which state. MS or AL…)*
2 Mar 2015 Update: Thanks to feedback from Randy Troup it is of high probability that this S. alata is from Covington Co., MS.  Thank you for the insight, Randy!

Sarracenia oreophila
Sarracenia oreophila

Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora
Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora

Sarracenia 'Adrian Slack'
Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’

Sarracenia flava AF - Colquitt Co., GA
Sarracenia flava – Anthocyanin Free – Colquitt Co., GA

Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x (flava var. rubricorpora x leucophylla) – Clone 9
Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x (flava var. rubricorpora x leucophylla) – Clone 9

Sarracenia 'Legacy'
Sarracenia ‘Legacy’

White Cephalotus Pitcher?!

One of my cephalotus has been behaving a little… well, different. I guess it just felt like putting out this really bright white pitcher! I did some Google-ing and apparently it does happen every now and then. I don’t really know what causes it. The pitcher doesn’t appear to be dying as it’s not looking withered or anything. It’s been inflating and is now starting to open up. My guess is that it may get some more color on it later on – as in maybe a redish peristome? I’ll just keep a watch over it and hope it doesn’t die on me!

White CephalotusThe pitcher on the left was recently produced – and it is a division from the plant on the right. The plant on the left has a ghostly pale pitcher that just came outta nowhere! Both have been growing in my grow tank for the past few months, and both get the same amount of light. The one on the left has non-carnivorous leaves that are green, as well as some green little pitchers too. Then that thing just happened. Hmmpff… Go home Cephalotus, you are drunk!

White Cephalotus
Cephalotus follicularis – white pitcher

White CephalotusCephalotus follicularis – white pitcher

Fabulous February

February, so far, is looking pretty fab. Thanks to the warm January, much of the crop has been moving at a very fast speed. There are plenty of buds to be found all over the place, a few open pitchers, and… seeds germinating! Enjoy a few snapshots from the past couple of weeks.


Sarracenia SeedsThe seeds (from 2013!!) have been sown! Yes, you read that right. These have been sitting in cold stratification for a year. A couple of weeks ago, my wife and the kiddos helped pot up all 202+ crosses. It was an extremely busy year for me last year and by the time I was ready to put them down, the year was half way over. I didn’t want to use supplemental lighting as with this many seeds, as that electric bill would just be nuts. Now that I finally have a little more space, I was able to finally put these down.

Sarracenia purpurea heterophylla x leucophylla "Red"And guess what? Many pots have seeds that have are sprouting! Exciting! The one in the photo is S. purpurea heterophylla x leucophylla “Red” – these came from Jerry Addington and should produce a brilliant crop of anthocyanin free recessive plants to work with in the future.

The AsylumThe Asylum. Check out the Sarracenia alata flowers already opening up! And check out that other half of the greenhouse that needs trimming! Heh!

Sarracenia alataSarracenia alata flower

Sarracenia rosea - Baldwin Co., ALSarracenia rosea – Baldwin Co., AL in flower.

Sarracenia alataA few more Sarracenia alata buds about to pop!

Sarracenia 'Alucard' x 'Adrian Slack'One of my crosses from a maybe 3 or so years ago. This is S. ‘Alucard’ x ‘Adrian Slack’ glowing with the sun hitting it from behind. Notice one of last year’s autumn pitchers compared to this year’s larger spring pitcher. What a jump! You can see tell-tale signs of what the plant would be like from last year’s pitcher. However, with this year’s pitcher, you can see much more character shine through! The unknown of what comes out of the cross and how that plant matures is part of the excitement that comes with growing from seed. Anyway, I’ll post another photo later on so you can get a better view of this year’s most recent pitcher from this cross.

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x (flava var. rubricorpora x leucophylla) - Clone 14Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x (flava var. rubricorpora x leucophylla) – Clone 14. New pitcher coloring up against last year’s wreckage. Cross by Dr. Travis H. Wyman.

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x (flava var. rubricorpora x leucophylla) - Clone 9Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x (flava var. rubricorpora x leucophylla) – Clone 9
Cross by Dr. Travis H. Wyman

Sarracenia (leucophylla "Purple Lips" x flava var. rubricorpora) x 'Adrian Slack'Another one of my crosses – Sarracenia leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. rubricorpora x ‘Adrian Slack’ – new pitcher opening up! 

Sarracenia oreophilaSarracenia oreophila, awake and ready to devour insects!

Sarracenia oreophilaSarracenia oreophila

Sarracenia alata - AFSarracenia alata – Anthocyanin Free!
A new pitcher stands out against last year’s crispy dead pitchers.

Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora x flava 'Suspicion'Young pitchers stretch towards the sky. Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora x flava ‘Suspicion’ – an anthocyanin free recessive cross. This cross was done by Aidan Selwyn. I hope to use these AF recessive S. flava plants in future (anthocyanin free) crosses.

Sarracenia flava - AF - Colquitt Co., GAOk, ok, ok… I’m totally geeking out here. This is a flower bud of an anthocyanin free form of S. flava – Colquitt Co., GA. YEAH. You know what this means… :)