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    Darlingtonia surprise

    I got this Darlingtonia back in May and it has been growing very well since then. Today I was looking at the pot when I noticed something growing in the corner:





    I was impressed that this stolon was able to make it that far away from the mother plant, only to be stopped by the pot itself.

    Thanks for looking!

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    It's always fun when plants do that.

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    It gave you a present!

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    That's most likely a seedling, not a stolon runner. You can tell by the immature Sarracenia-like pitchers. Runners usually start out with mature/juvenile leaves with the full hoods.

    However runners almost always end up on the pot edge. The solons normally extend up to several meters before sending up a new plant. In pots the stolons usually wind around the inside of the pot several times before emerging as leaves.
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    Could it be a Sarracenia? I planted some minor seedlings to see how they would do and I thought they had all died. Nah, just googled Darlingtonia seedlings and they look just like that.

    The pot has never had seed in or near it, infact I have never had Darlingtonia seed. I suppose it could have been a hitchiker in the live sphagnum that I topdressed the pot with. It came from the same seller.

    Oh well, a nice surprise nonetheless!

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    The hooked over "nose" is typical of Darlingtonia seedlings, as well as grow along the ground and the hoods twisting around:



    ~two year old:


    If you obtained the plant potted, the previous owner may have had flowering plants nearby.
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    Nice photos and plants!

    No it was unpotted. But I checked and it is indeed a stolon. The "root" attached to the plant reaches very deep into the ground. Too deep for a seedling.

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    Stolons are pretty thick, maybe 2-4mm in diameter, wheat colored and with vestigial leaves space somewhat regularly along the length, much like the flower scapes. I should have taken pictures when I repotted mine earlier this year. Roots don't have the vestigial leaves.
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