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First Flower

Hello all you beautiful people out there! Hope you all have been well! I’ve finished moving out of The Asylum and took the month of February to just relax a little bit from the wonderful fiasco of hauling an entire large greenhouse full of plants from point A to point B. (A huge thanks to the BAPP crew for the help!)

The new place is coming along well. I’ll slowly be putting the pieces together again and will be working on the new location throughout this year. It’s not as large or grand as the marvelous Asylum, but you know what – it’s something. The Sarracenia are growing outdoors now and that’s been brilliant since they’re now getting much needed rain. It just feels good to know that the plants that were once in the greenhouse for 3 1/2 years are now getting a much needed flush from the the rain.

I also wanted to report that on 29 Feb I was able to do my first pollination of 2016! I self pollinated an anthocyanin free clone of S. catesbaei.  The parentage is S. luteola x S. flava ‘Suspicion’ – grown from seed, cross by Adrian Fawcett and you can see them when the first germinated back in  2013 here! (Thanks again, Adrian!)

Seeing the first flower is always refreshing sight. This neon thing broke the bleak ocean of trimmed and dead foliage like a beacon of hope for better things to come. This year will be a transition year getting to know all the nuances and idiosyncrasies of the growing spot, but so far it looks like the plants don’t have a problem with it. Looking forward to seeing how this year will turn out. Thank you all again for following along this crazy botanical journey of mine, y’all are just awesome.

Sarracenia catesbaei flower – anthocyanin free clone

Sarracenia Rosea Blooms

Here’s a selection of blooms from earlier this season of the ever beautiful S. rosea. Depending who’s naming convention you’d like to roll with, you may know it as S. purpurea ssp. venosa var. burkii. I just like to type S. rosea because typing that other thing out is bound to give me carpal tunnel… yeah.


Sarracenia rosea "Big Mama"
S. rosea “Big Mama”

Sarracenia luteola-2Sarracenia purpurea subsp. venosa var. burkii f. luteola
S. rosea f. luteola – an anthocyanin free mutant

Sarracenia rosea veinless flower
S. rosea – veinless form – Bay Co. FL

They’re ALIVE!

This year, I started my seeds in the greenhouse without any use of lighting or additional heat. *GASP!* Yeah, really! I normally would start them under lights (like this), but I ended up with about 150 or so different crosses that I’m germinating this year. Germination just took a little longer that I was used to.

I only had about 30 crosses of my own that actually took and set seed last year. Yeah, only 30 because of this >FUGLY-ness< a year ago.  Yo, it’s crazy to think that I was in THAT mess a year ago…  That said, many other friends sent me their own seeds that I’m growing out now. (Thanks again, y’all!)

Under lights, and with the addition of heat I’ve had seeds germinate in little as one week. I didn’t feel like dealing with any lights this year so I decided to germinate the seeds under my existing conditions.  I started the seeds a bit later in the year when it was warmer. It took roughly 5-6 weeks before I saw any signs of life, but I’m glad to report – they’re alive! THEY’RE ALIVE! Muahhaehah!!  There’s a lot more interesting-ness that will be coming out of this 2012-2013 generation, but for now – here are a couple AF crosses I’m excited to grow out! (D’aww, aren’t they cute?!)

Sarracenia luteola x 'Suspicion' Sarracenia leucophylla AF x psittacina AF

Left: Anthocyanin free catesbaei (Sarracenia luteola x flava ‘Supicion’)
Right: Anthocyanin free wrigleyana (Sarracenia leucophylla AF x psittacina AF)


There’s no place like home. Like I mentioned in my last post, I deeply enjoyed my visit up north (thanks again Mark!), but it feels great to be back home and with the plants again. Below are some photos from my first day back in the Asylum. A few traps here and there… as well as a few blooms, and a few buds that I’m really excited to work with! Enjoy!


The Asylum. It’s great to be home. 

Pinguicula Planter
Pinguicula doggy-piggy-bank planter, sending up a bloom!

Sarracenia 'Leah Wilkerson' x minor var. okefenokeensis
Sarracenia ‘Leah Wilkerson’ x minor var. okefenokeensis
Sown last year and growing quickly.

Sarracenia alata x rubra ssp. wherryi, MBRS clone
Sarracenia alata x rubra ssp. wherryi, MBRS clone.

Sarracenia ((rubra x oreophila) x flava v. rugelii) x 'Adrian Slack' - Select Clone
Sarracenia ((rubra x oreophila) x flava v. rugelii) x ‘Adrian Slack’
-Select Clone-
The pitchers from very late last season are still holding color well.

Sarracenia (leucophylla "red" x minor var. okefenokeensis) x (leucophylla x psittacina)
Sarracenia (leucophylla “red” x minor var. okefenokeensis) x (leucophylla x psittacina)  – cross by Dr. Travis H. Wyman.

Sarracenia 'Godzuki' x ((rubra x oreophila) x flava v. rugelii)
S. ‘Godzuki’ x ((rubra x oreophila) x flava v. rugelii)

Sarracenia flava "Heavy Veined"Sarracenia flava “Heavy Veined” flower breaking open.

Sarracenia 'Adrian Slack'
Sarracenia ‘Adrian Slack’
FINALLY, a BUD! After 2 years with no bloom, I finally get one this year!

Hope it survives and actually blooms for me though…

Sarracenia 'Smurf'
Ok, I know. It’s a freak. S. purpurea “Smurf” has a bud.
This should be interesting.

Sarracenia purpurea subsp. venosa var. burkii f. luteolaSarracenia purpurea subsp. venosa var. burkii f. luteola
Got another one with a bud! I wonder if I should cross with the Smurf? Hmm…

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x leucophylla "Pale" - Clone 1
Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x leucophylla “Pale” – clone 1
Cross by Dr. Travis H. Wyman

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x leucophylla "Pale" - Clone 7Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x leucophylla “Pale” – clone 7
Cross by Dr. Travis H. Wyman

AF Buds

Oooooh… now this is pretty interesting! Well, for me at least. I know there were a couple of freak early flowers that opened up last month – but seeing buds start to pop up like this always is exciting. Many more buds are on the way and The Asylum should soon soon be flooded in bud breaking badass-ery. Here’s a few AF (anthocyanin free) buds for your viewing pleasure.  Oh, the potential!

Sarracenia purpurea subsp. venosa var. burkii f. luteola
Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa var. burkii f. luteola

Sarracenia mitchellilana - Anthocyanin Free
Sarracenia mitchelliana, AF clone

Sarracenia courtii AF x "Green Monster"Sarracenia courtii, AF clone x “Green Monster”


Sarracenia "Blood Moon" x luteolaSarracenia “Blood Moon” x luteola

“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”
-Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

An update on the the pod of a cross I did this year. It looks swollen and feels solid so I am very hopeful that there’s seed in there. Who really knows though until I crack it open later in the year. Sarracenia “Blood Moon” is a richly colored plant created by Brook Garcia. The parentage of S. “Blood Moon” is S. “Wilkerson’s Red Rocket” x flava var. rubricorpora.  With this cross I am hoping for a richly colored mitchelliana looking plant that has hidden anthocyanin freedom potential. I have plans to eventually use whatever comes out of this pod in more anthocyanin free  lines of Sarracenia breeding. I know it doesn’t look like much right now, but just like any plant that is to be – it has to start somewhere.

A Tale of Two Luteolas

It was the radest of times, it was the freshest of times…
Of course, this is all possible because of fellow AF Sarracenia aficionado and magical Sarracenia grower, Chris Gussman – aka “Woodnative”. (Chris, THANKS! You made my day yesterday!) For those of you who don’t know, Chris has this awesome super power of growing Sarracenia seedlings into gigantor type status rather quickly. I don’t know where he gets it… but I need me some o’ that!

There was a nice surprise that showed up for me yesterday via FedEx.

[Uh, who … me?]

I don’t know what Chris is talking about on the box, I just kinda stick plants in the durt and they do their own thing. (Chris: As far as the “photographer extraordinaire” thing… I just push a button man. That’s all I do. HA!)  🙂

[Chris has the most awesome giant zip lock bags…]

So, opening it up I find this giant sized zip lock bag, and it’s filled with the goodness of  Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa v. burkii f. luteola! (An anthocyanin free clone of S. purpurea ssp. venosa v. burkii, or S. rosea as some folks call it.) More information about the plant can be also found here: http://www.carnivorousplants.org/cpn/samples/Tax271Spurpburk.htm

Chris had crossed two of his S. purpurea ssp. venosa v. burkii f. luteola clones, resulting in many offspring. Two of which, are below.

[S. purpurea ssp. venosa v. burkii f. luteola – C. Gussman, May 2011 – FRESH outta the box!]

2 different clones. Both are from the same seed pod, but what a difference indeed! Here’s one seedling:

[S. purpurea ssp. venosa v. burkii f. luteola – C. Gussman, May 2011]

The above photo is what I would expect with this cross, a more typical form/shape of luteola.  Now, just for illustrative purposes, below is a photo of one of my other luteola plants, so you get the idea of a general pitcher shape:

[S. purpurea ssp. venosa v. burkii f. luteola – Rob Co’s, April 2010]

However, below is the other seedling that resulted from the cross Chris did — and DUDE,  it is just something else! He called it “Odd”… I’ll just stick it with that, for now, until he thinks of a better name for it!  🙂

[S. purpurea ssp. venosa v. burkii f. luteola “Odd Clone”- C. Gussman, May 2011]

At a young age, I really am impressed by this clone.  What strikes me about this is the upright and triangular ruffled hood.  It’s also not as “tubby” as I would expect.  Again, it’s young so features can change and develop as it ages.  Here’s a couple more shots of this plant…

[S. purpurea ssp. venosa v. burkii f. luteola “Odd Clone”- C. Gussman, May 2011]

[S. purpurea ssp. venosa v. burkii f. luteola “Odd Clone”- C. Gussman, May 2011]

Chris, thank you again so so very much for your kindness and generosity!