Welcome To Leon County, Texas. Home to all five species of carnivorous plants known to exist in Texas.
*It is in this land, full of its many aquifers, 5 known bogs exist. Cripple Fawn bog being among them. This quaint bog paradise it tucked safely away on private property. Only one who possesses knowledge of its location would have any luck finding it on purpose, and then only armed with a GPS unit
As large native trees give way to a downward draining seep we find stands of Sarricenia alata, commingled with Drosera capalliris, Drosera brevifolia, Utricularia cornuta, and Utricularia subulata. Also on the property is Utricularia gibba, as you can find few ponds or lakes in Texas without.
*It is aquifers that supply this, as some would call it, two tier seep/bog system. Constantly running water trickles from the top of a large embankment, down a moderately sloping decline. It finds a gathering point before it is carried, via a small stream, to one of the near by lakes.
* *Spring was in full swing as I breached the tree line, with my contact Michael Pagalautos, to see the awe inspiring sight of pale flowers embossed over a deep green sea of S. alatas. I could spend the next year studying a few of the stands I noticed with unusual attributes. Some of the tallest S. alatas I have ever seen exist here. As well as a stand of large mouths that would rival the largest openings of any Sarricenia Iíve seen in cultivation.
* There will be many more trips this summer as colourations begin to show and attributes are easier to spot. Though I live right down the road from the beach, it is the bog that is my my paradise. So keep you're red hammer, and I'll keep my red neck.