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    Weird errors on the pitcher forum, so...

    Okay, i have what i thought was a S. purpurea ssp venosa, but more than one person recently has questioned that classification of this plant. What do you think?

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    Looks to me like it's a S. purpurea ssp venosa "red form". I could be wrong, but it matches closely to a photo in "The Savage Garden." It sure is a beauty! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    The key to telling the subspecies apart is the flower for me. Look for whitish-pink flowers if it is var. burkei pinkish flowers are var. venosa and deep maroon are subsp. purpurea

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    Thanks Nep G, alandallas. I'll check the flowers next spring (hopefully! ). Don't know how i'll tell the difference between 'whitish-pink' and 'pinkish', though. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    Is the 'red' form of venosa truly of the venosa subspecies? I heard rumours it was a cross or something.

    The hairiness of the inner pitcher rules out ssp purpurea, but that's it, right?
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    Your plant looks to be Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa 'Red Ruffles'.



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    I was going to say that it looks like "red ruffles" too. You are soooo lucky I want that kind of pupurea, it's so beautiful. Where did you get your plant?

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    How is it you know what a 'Red Ruffles' looks like? I searched through Bobz's pics, and he doesn't have S. purp cultivars separated out.

    Anyway, i'm happy to have such a cool plant. Much to my surprise, it won an award at the NECPS show! That's why i'd like to know as much as possible what species/form it is.

    I got it at the first NECPS meeting in January from Thomas Hayes of Dangerous Plants. He said it's probably the Agristarts S. purp (and that's all the ID they give). Can you tell me more about 'Red Ruffles' and why you think that's what it is?
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    There is a photo of 'Red Ruffles' in The Savage Garden. I don't have the book in front of me right now so I cannot give a page number. It is in the section on Sarracenia Cultivars.
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