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Home sweet home! I recently returned from a family vacation up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. It’s nice to be back, but I really do miss it up there. I got the chance to visit Karen Oudean and Jerry Addington and meet up with a couple other talented growers. (Kinjie and Phaedra – great to meet you! Brie – I’m sorry we missed you!) And yes, I’ll be featuring photos from that visit in an upcoming post, so stay tuned!

For now, here’s a few snapshots from within The Asylum. Great to be home.

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Sarracenia leucophyllaSarracenia leucophyllas putting up some nice fall foliage.

Sarracenia leucophylla 'Hurricane Creek White' - Clone F
Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Hurricane Creek White’ – Clone F

Sarracenia alata - maroon throat
Sarracenia alata – maroon throat

Sarracenia 'Reptilian Rose' x 'Adrian Slack'
Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’ x ‘Adrian Slack’

Sarracenia (leucophylla "Purple Lips" x flava var. rubricorpora) x "Green Monster"
Sarracenia (leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. rubricorpora) x “Green Monster”

Sarracenia leucophylla "Juju Lips" x flava "widemouth"
Sarracenia leucophylla “Juju Lips” x flava “Widemouth”

Sarracenia flava var. maxima x flava 'Suspicion'
Sarracenia flava var. maxima x flava ‘Suspicion’

Oh Hai! Even the Nepenthes are looking happy to see me back home!

Nepenthes izumiae x ramispina
Nepenthes izumiae x ramispina – new pitcher forming

Nepenthes "Song of Melancholy"
Nepenthes “Song of Melancholy” – pitcher opening up!

Nepenthes ventricosa x talangensis
Nepenthes ventricosa x talangensis

N. ventricosa X Tiveyi
Nepenthes ventricosa x tiveyi

Nepenthes thorelii x aristolochioides
Nepenthes thorelii x aristolochioides

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I returned home packing my suitcase with a few plants from Jerry. (Thanks again, Jerry!) The plants have made the trip back safe and sound and have been potted up. Here’s a couple of the plants that made it back with me.

Sarracenia oreophila hybrid
Sarracenia oreophila hybrid

Sarracenia 06-02
Sarracenia “06-02″  – sibling to Sarracenia “Jerry’s Goliath”
Parentage is uncertain, however Jerry suspects that S. ‘Doreen’s Colossus’ is involved somehow with Sarracenia “06-02″ and Sarracenia “Jerry’s Goliath.”

Sarracenia leucophylla “Juju Lips” x flava “Widemouth”

Sarracenia leucophylla "Juju Lips" x flava "Widemouth"

This was a cross I did back in 2010 using Sarracenia leucophylla “Juju Lips” as the pod parent and Sarracenia flava “Widemouth” as the pollen parent.  S. leucophylla “Juju Lips” was a term coined by Jacob Farin of Sarracenia Northwest. It’s Hawaiian slang for “big lips.” This leucophylla has a nice little spout action that gives it a proportionately larger looking lip when compared to the rest of the pitcher. Sarracenia flava “Widemouth” also has a larger than average “spout” in proportion to the pitcher structure. I wanted to combine both of these characteristics in this cross and my goal was to come up with a moorei (a S. flava/leucophylla cross) with a wide dipping spout. Below are a couple youngsters. They’re still young and there are slight hints expressed in the plants of what I was targeting. It is my hope that the wide/deep lipped characteristic is expressed more as they mature. So far, I kind of like what I am seeing.

Sarracenia leucophylla "Juju Lips" x flava "Widemouth"Sarracenia leucophylla “Juju Lips” x flava “Widemouth”

Sarracenia flava "Widemouth" x leucophylla - "Juju Lips"Sarracenia leucophylla “Juju Lips” x flava “Widemouth”

From Lost to Found

Back in late 2010, I received seeds from fellow Sarracenia enthusiast and breeder, James Soe Nuyn of Lost in the Landscape. Among the seeds that were sent to me were Sarracenia flava “Widemouth” x flava var. ornata “Black Veins”- Bulloch Co., GA and Sarracenia leucophylla “Burgundy” x flava var. maxima.

I started the seeds in 2011, however with all of the transition last year, I was afraid that I may of lost these babies. As I was sorting and cleaning the seedling tables, I’m glad that I was able to once again be re-united with them. Lost and now found!

In going back through archives and notes, I saw that James was going for a flava with attitude with the first cross: a wide mouth and strong black veins. In using flava var. maxima with the other cross, James was going for a moorei clone with “strong smeared coloring and without a lot of veining (or maybe even light-on-dark veining).” The plants are young but I can see that he’s on target with both of them. It will be fun watching these seedlings evolve. Thanks again, James!

Sarracenia flava "Widemouth" x flava var. ornata - Bulloch Co., GA
S. flava “Widemouth” x flava var. ornata “Black Veins”- Bulloch Co., GA
Cross by James Soe Nuyn 2010

Sarracenia leucophylla "Burgandy" x flava var. maximaS. leucophylla “Burgundy” x flava var. maxima
Cross by James Soe Nuyn, 2010

Prodigious Progeny

Here are some up and coming youngsters,  most around 2-3 years old.
Presenting some prodigious pitcher plant progeny.

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Sarracenia leucophylla "Juju Lips" x flava "Widemouth"Sarracenia leucophylla “Juju Lips” x flava “widemouth”

Sarracenia mitchelliana x 'Leah Wilkerson'
Sarracenia mitchelliana x ‘Leah Wilkerson’
Cross by Wes Buckner

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

Sarracenia oreophila "Purple Mouth" OP
Sarracenia oreophila “Purple Mouth” OP
Seed originated from Jerry Addington

Sarracenia ((minor x willisii) x purpurea) x leucophylla "Purple Lips"
Sarracenia ((minor x willisii) x purpurea) x leucophylla)

Sarracenia (leucophylla x oreophila - Oudean Clone) x (leucophylla "Purple Lips" x flava var. ornata)
Sarracenia (leucophylla x oreophila – Oudean Clone)
x (leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. ornata)

Sarracenia (mitchelliana x 'Royal Ruby') x (leucophylla "Purple Lips" x flava var. ornata)
Sarracenia (mitchelliana x ‘Royal Ruby’)
x (leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. ornata)

Sarracenia (leucophylla "Purple Lips" x flava var. ornata) x 'Leah Wilkerson'
Sarracenia (leucophylla “Purple Lips” x flava var. ornata) x ‘Leah Wilkerson’

Widemouth Hybrid Update

Sarracenia flava "Widemouth" x (leucophylla "red" x minor var. okefenokeensis)Sarracenia flava “Widemouth” x (leucophylla “red” x minor var. okefenokeensis)

Yeah, with this wide open mouth, they look like they’re saying “AHHHH!!!” This was one of the crosses I did back in 2009, and so far it’s recovered quite nicely. Pitchers still look good this late as they put them up rather late in the season. I guess that’s just one of the side-effects of moving from those low light levels mid year. The little windows on the upper portion of the pitcher (called areoles) from the influence of the father plant (S. leucophylla “red” x minor var. okefenokeensis) carried over quite nicely. It’s subtle, but it’s there. The wide mouth influence of the mother plant also is quite apparent in this cross. They look kinda hungry…