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    Darlingtonia Mountain Variety

    This plant is insanely vigorous for me here....
    See this thread, from last year when i received it for a bit more info
    those of you who have received divisions/stolons from me of Darlingtonia, it has come from this plant
    http://terraforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114814
    In dormancy, the plant turns a deep crimson red

    here it is this year. its been a bit slow since i divided the hell out of it for the NASC auction





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    Beautiful plant, Kris. The red pitchers in the first picture are ravishing.
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    Very nice. I also second that the red pitchers are "ravishing."

    Can't wait to see it when its pitchers are nice and tall.
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    Awesome, I wish my Darlingtonia was still around.
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    That red color sure is something! I bet living in Washington only gives you a tiny advantage in growing them, huh?

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Well -

    Technically these do not qualify as a variety in botanical/horticultural terms. A variety differs in physical appearance from other plants in the same species. A form differs by some minor attribute such as flower color. Thus we have Sarracenia flava var. flava, var. rubricorpra, var. rugelii etc.

    Don't jump to conclusions that the mountain populations are as a whole more vigorous than plants from the coastal populations. One site of the Gasquet, CA Darlingtonia area is reputed to have plants that are vigorous rapid growers. And Jacob Farin who propagates plants from the Oregon coastal and Siskiyou areas doesn't feel that the mountain plants are any more vigorous - just that the coastal plants appear to have a genetic predisposition to prefer milder temperatures.

    I have seedlings of Darlingtonia californica and Darlingtonia 'Othello' x ? from the Sierra Nevada populations. They were all sown at the same time. About half of the 'Othello' x ? are out pacing all the rest, yet the remainder of the 'Othello' x ? are growing at the same pace as the D. californica.

    Here's something that will surprise you: The mountain seeps and the fens that Darlingtonia californica grow in the Siskiyous are very alkaline with pH between 8 and 9. The coastal Sphagnum bogs have a typical acid pH between 3.5 and 5.5
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    not saying this plant is any more or less vigorous than the coastal kind as far as growth goes, but i have noticed it requires a lot less babying than any darlingtonia care guide has said they would need. in august, this plant took 4 days of 106F temps, and another 4 days after that of just over one hundred without even setting a snag into its growth. ive also handled this plant rather roughly while dividing, again not setting it back much at all.
    I go with "the mountain variety" since the clone this seedling originates from is from the mountain group of plants. But also because this plants ability to handle a wider range of temperatures and even be put into extremes without much of a fuss.

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    Here's something that will surprise you: The mountain seeps and the fens that Darlingtonia californica grow in the Siskiyous are very alkaline with pH between 8 and 9. The coastal Sphagnum bogs have a typical acid pH between 3.5 and 5.5
    I have no idea which one I have, but the pH is likely to be acidic, due to the copius LFS. My plant, after several "Lowes Cube of Death" failures, came from someone in the PAC NW (can't remember who). This plant has divided, flowered, been put through 2 dormancies, and isn't fazed by the 90+ F days we have had.







    Why does this colony seem to do well?

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