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Thread: S. purpurea from Lowes, subsp. ID?

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    It's not in pure sphagnum. It has peat on the bottom. And yes most CP's can.

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    Interesting! For a long time the S. purpurea sold at Lowe's were ssp. venosa. But I believe the one I picked up this past fall is ssp. purpurea. Maybe they switched over? Definitely post some pics once it recovers a little!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Presto View Post
    Interesting! For a long time the S. purpurea sold at Lowe's were ssp. venosa. But I believe the one I picked up this past fall is ssp. purpurea. Maybe they switched over? Definitely post some pics once it recovers a little!
    I agree, once it recovers and grows a new leaf in your conditions, we should be able to help with IDs.

    Strangely enough, that does look like subsp. purpurea! Either way, congrats on the find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexis View Post
    It looks in desperate need of light!

    Should be in a position to ID in a few weeks.
    I placed him in sun right now, I'll post updates when it makes new pitchers.

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    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.

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    I forgot about this thread! LOL
    Anyways, I've identified it as subsp. purpurea while comparing it to Barry Rice's photos.

    purp purp
    http://www.sarracenia.com/photos/sar...rapurp1019.jpg
    purp venosa
    http://www.sarracenia.com/thumbs/sar...apurp4002t.jpg

    My purpurea has a 'shy' lid, like purp purp.

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    Although mine didn't get much of a good growing season it certainly looked more like ssp. purpurea, especially compared to Barry's photos.
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    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?

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