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October Update

Hi all! I am still alive. Geez, has it really been over a month since I’ve posted anything up on here? Yeah, it has been a busy month so far – and now that dormancy is fast approaching, things in The Asylum will get even busier! Divisions, repotting, cleaning, and reorganizing are all things that I hope will be done while the plants are asleep. (By the way, you can always catch me on the Instagram – @rco911 – in between blog posts.)


Before the photo updates, just a couple things worth mentioning…

– A core member of BAPP and dear friend… moved to Oregon. I’m currently babysitting Derek’s plants. For the time being, his plants and my plants are getting along and playing nicely. 

– Mike Wang and I went on a lil’ Darlingtonia excursion earlier this month. Photos and video to be featured in a future post. You can read about *one* of the sites we visited in Mike’s post on the Sarracenia forums. Stay tuned for a future Darlingtonia update!



So anyyywayyyyyy… at this point in time, much of the greenhouse looks like this. Fugly.

OctoberDormancy. Time to bust out that katana blade and slice through this madness soon. 

BUT! There are still a few gems in that mess.

Although *most* of the Sarracenia pitchers are fading, things are still looking OK in the mini-greenhouse. This is a small 6 x 8 greenhouse with it’s own micro climate. Read more here. It’s more humid than the main house, and the temperatures seem to be a bit more stable. It does not get so hot in there during the day and (I am hoping) it does not get too cold in there during the winter. I can line this with bubble wrap and stick a small heater in there if need be during winter. I would not want to find myself stuck in the same cataclysmic-cold-snap situation like last year. See link above. Anyway, some of Derek’s plants have moved in here. So far, so good.

Nepenthes HouseInside the dome.

Nepenthes tiveyi "Red Queen"Nepenthes tiveyi “Red Queen” – from Kinjie Coe

Nepenthes ventricosa x tiveyi
Nepenthes ventricosa x tiveyi – from Paul Barden

In the realms of Sarracenia – couple things still looking decent in the wreckage of burnt out foliage. I haven’t had a chance to photograph some of the leuco/leuco hybrids that are still OK but on their way out. Hope to provide an update on that later.

Sarracenia moorei "Orange Glow" x 'Adrian Slack'Sarracenia moorei “Orange Glow” x ‘Adrian Slack’ – one of my crosses from a few years ago. Still a young plant that I finally put in it’s own pot! Let’s see what that extra root space will do next season.

Sarracenia "Saurus"
Sarracenia “Saurus” – Fall pitchers. Cross by Phil Fauilsi. The Spring pitchers were even more massive.

Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa
Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa – a cross between two different S. purpurea ssp. venosa clones by Mike Wang. I’m diggin’ the ruffles.

StapeliaStapelia in effect. Not a carnivorous plant, but boy does this mofo smell. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to experience this awesome odiferous wonder, Derek! OMFG does this thing staaank.


Awww yeah! Signs of life are appearing everywhere! The transition from the cool winter to warmer days has begun. Flower buds are a most welcome sight; the creative juices get flowing at the possibility of some great crosses. Here are a few spherical beauties getting ready to explode into those magnificent blooms that I so look forward to seeing each year.

Sarracenia moorei "Brooks Hybrid"
Sarracenia moorei “Brooks Hybrid” – the first flower to crack open for 2014!

Sarracenia flava "Powhatan"
Sarracenia flava “Powhatan”

Sarracenia flava "Powhatan"
Sarracenia flava “Powhatan”

Sarracenia flava var. rugelii
Sarracenia flava var. rugelii

Sarracenia oreophila
Sarracenia oreophila

Sarracenia 'Black Widow'
Sarracenia ‘Black Widow’

Sarracenia purpurea ssp venosa red black-1
*Ahem* Grow a pair…
Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa black/red

Sarracenia (leucophylla x flava) x leucophylla
Sarracenia rosea – veinless form

Sarrcenia "Smurf"
Sarracenia purpurea “Smurf” – I wonder if it will have 6 petals again this year?

Sarracenia hybrid
Sarracenia hybrid by Jerry Addington

Sarracenia "Green Dragon"
Sarracenia “Green Dragon”

Sarracenia (leucophylla x flava) x leucophyllaSarracenia (leucophylla x flava) x leucophylla

Rising From the Wreckage

It’s that time of year where many of the pitchers from earlier this season are turning into a wreck. Many of the Sarracenia flava and oreophila pitchers are getting crispy. It’s kind of that in between time for me right now. Some plants are fading, while the S. leucophyllas and their hybrids are starting to put out the fall pitchers. During this time of year, the seed pods start ripening and I start preparing for the next generation. Lots of interesting stuff in the works and I’ll share more on this later.  For now, enjoy a few frames of fresh foliage rising above the fading pitchers.

Sarracenia "Wilkersons White Knight" x purpurea ssp. venosa - Columbus Co., NC
Sarracenia “Wilkerson’s White Knight”
x purpurea ssp. venosa – Columbus Co., NC
Cross by Wes Buckner

Sarracenia catesbaei
Sarracenia catesbaei

Sarracenia 'Abandoned Hope'
Sarracenia ‘Abandoned Hope’

Sarracenia 'Judith Hindle' x 'Ladies in Waiting'
Sarracenia ‘Judith Hindle’ x ‘Ladies in Waiting’

Sarracenia leucophylla "Purple Lips" OP
Sarracenia leucophylla “Purple Lips” OP

Sarracenia leucophylla 'Purple Lips' x flava var. rubricorpora
Sarracenia leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. rubricorpora

Cross by Phil Faulisi

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x leucophylla "Pale" - Clone 1Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x leucophylla “Pale” – Clone 1
Cross by Dr. Travis H. Wyman
The pitcher falling to the right of the frame is
S. ‘Reptilian Rose’, just in case you’re wondering.

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x leucophylla "pale" - clone 3
Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x leucophylla “Pale” – Clone 3
Cross by Dr. Travis H. Wyman
The angular nectar roll of the S. ‘Reptilian Rose’ was tamed by the leucophylla in this plant, however the resulting specimen is still rather quite lovely.

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x leucophylla "pale" - clone 3Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x leucophylla “Pale” – Clone 3
Cross by Dr. Travis H. Wyman
Another look at this colorful pitcher.

Sarracenia oreophila x 'Adrian Slack'Sarracenia oreophila x ‘Adrian Slack’

Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa

Sarracenia purpurea ssp.  venosa - Tattnal Co, GASarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa

Smurf’s Six Petals

As I was working in the greenhouse yesterday, I came across something pretty unique. For a while I’ve been eagerly awaiting S. “Smurf” to bloom so that I could see how those weird genetics would play out with some of the other plants. I know that some think it’s a plant for the compost heap. After all, it is a freak. I, on the other hand, kind of like this plant’s odd character. (See photos here for example.)

At first glance, I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. However, I noticed something different as I began to harvest the pollen. Not only is this plant an oddball in foliage – it’s a bit of an anomaly when it comes to the flowers too. Smurf’s flower has six petals. It also has six stigmas. Furthermore, the style is funk-tified with grooves and slight frills on the edges. Sarracenia flowers typically only have five petals. (See flower chart for parts reference, here.) Time will tell if the flower and pollen prove fertile.

I do not know if this is petal count consistent with the other Smurfs that are out there, or if I just have a Smurf that had some sort of identity crisis and decided to do it’s own thing this year. Of course, there is a possibility that this is a one off occurrence and that it could grow a “normal” flower next year. My other S. “Smurf” divisions have no bloom this year, but it would be very interesting to compare if I had more blooms next year. If anyone else has a S. “Smurf” in bloom, please let me know your findings; would love to hear from you!

Sarracenia purpurea "Smurf" flower
Sarracenia “Smurf” – 18 March 2013
Upon my initial observation, I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. When I went to harvest pollen, that’s when I noticed the flower was a bit different.

Sarracenia purpurea "Smurf" flower
Sarracenia “Smurf” flower – 18 March 2013

Sarracenia purpurea "Smurf" flower
Sarracenia “Smurf” flower – 18 March 2013
This plant truly has a unique style. Yeah, double entendre intended.


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”