I just picked myself up a "purple pitcher plant" in a death cube from Lowes yesterday. It has slightly more purple veining on two of the four pitchers it has (I got the one in the larger cube for $7 - talk about instant gratification). I'm also interested in IDing the plant, because I'm sure it's the same ssp. as the OP's.
I repotted it today into some peat/perlite/sand mix and put it under some 32watt fluorescent grow bulbs. Unfortunately I can't put it outdoors because I live in an apartment, but I hear that if there's any pitcher plant that can thrive under artificial light, its S. purpurea. OK, well "thrive" might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you know what I mean.
I forgot about this thread! LOL
Anyways, I've identified it as subsp. purpurea while comparing it to Barry Rice's photos.
My purpurea has a 'shy' lid, like purp purp.
Although mine didn't get much of a good growing season it certainly looked more like ssp. purpurea, especially compared to Barry's photos.
Ha, sorry to resurrect a dead thread here. I was hoping this plant was ssp. Purpurea. Older posts from previous years suggest it used to be ssp. Venosa.
I'll post a pic later tonight. Mine came with a few nice red veins; hoping it will continue to darken under artificial light.
Question: are you recent death cube buyers attempting to put this plant through dormancy this year, or do you think its weak enough straight out of the cube that it would be better to let it stay awake until next winter?
I got mine back in 06, and it had ended up being Venosa:
Yours is going to be spectacular, Fury!
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