I've been growing sarracenia for the last 25+ years and have done some occasional hybridizing to see what develops. Like many who have spent years doing this, I quickly came to realize that a plant truly worthy of cultivar status doesn't come along that often. I look at many that are registered each year and can't understand the appeal. Not always...but often enough.
I've been following the development of this particular hybrid in the greenhouse for 4 years now, waiting to see if it lives up to my standards of what a cultivar should be. As always, it is the first pitcher plant to grow for me each year. This hybrid has fully developed pitchers weeks ahead of everything else in the greenhouse. The flowers are huge and stunning, producing lots of pollen each year. The colors never cease to amaze me...I'm not even sure the pictures do it justice. In bright light, the plant is actually a deep reddish/orange. This is the one plant that everyone who visits seems to gravitate to.
Tell me what you think...cultivar status worthy or not. This is a cross of Sarracenia purpurea venosa and Sarracenia flava atropurpurea.