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    My Sarracenia story

    Well ive been a member on the forum for a while and have never really posted much. I thought id show my flavas and leucophylla (i have vfts and a lowes purp too) and how i got them.

    Last summer i went to the Francis Marion national forest in SC because i was already at the beach. I asked the front office and got a permit to take a couple sarracenia flavas straight from the wild! sweet. It took forever to find them but when I did....

    these are some MASSIVE pitcher plants. The biggest of them would be shoulder height on me (im 6'1''). I got some of the smaller ones like this one.

    I brought them home and got em set up

    they browned a bit from stress. they appear to be var. maximas but with some veining. they all looked the exact same.

    When the seed pods dried up i gave most of the seeds to a horticulturist from my church and he gave me this beauty

    its a tarnok leuco (so no seeds for me)

    here they are together





    so what do you guys think?? ill post some current pics of them tomorrow to show their new spring growth

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    Interesting plants, but if the flavas have any veining they should be classed in the type variety, as they can only be maxima if there is no veining at all. If they were really that large, though (shoulder height on a 6' person), then this may very well be worthy of a giant status.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    Interesting plants, but if the flavas have any veining they should be classed in the type variety, as they can only be maxima if there is no veining at all. If they were really that large, though (shoulder height on a 6' person), then this may very well be worthy of a giant status.
    yea im not sure of the variant. i was just describing how it looks. they look just like maximas but with veins. so whatever hybrid that may be. But seriously they were truly MASSIVE, they probably have some competition in those clumps and the taller ones are more likely to survive. These flavas were pretty pure though because they all looked the same

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    I can understand them being that big. When I was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, there was a lake on the post where Flava's grew into the water in a lakeside sphagnum bog. You literally had to wade out almost 3 feet to get to them and if you pulled one up, the rhizomes were massive and very heavy. The pitchers themselves were close to 4 feet tall with mouths approximately 6 to 8 inches wide. That was back in the early 70's. Sadly, I went back last year and because someone found a Red Cockaded Woodpeckers nest in the area, they let it grow up and for good measure they also drained the lake which killed off the lakeside bog and the plants. To make it even worse, there was a hillside seepage bog there as well with Rubra, other varieties of Flava and a literal cushion of Purp Venosa. Not a one was left. So sad to see it like that after almost 40 years.

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    that sucks, luckily the ones i saw were in a national forest, so they should be safe. There were supposed to be sarracenia minors too but i could never find them... Unlike most carnivorous plants the flavas were thriving in very rich soil. Dark brown swamp muk, which im sure had plenty of nutrients. i bet these could grow in a garden along with regular plants if they were wet enough, cuz they lived submerged.

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    Ok so here are my plants as they sit today. The flavas are comin up nicely
    [IMG] photo 959ACE79-B1F8-4BA1-A3DC-552383D22257-257-00000027F6B44D20.jpg[/IMG]

    here are some flava seedlings that are coming up
    [IMG] photo C1107F16-775C-44B8-9DD9-D3905663316B-257-00000027FC9B8525.jpg[/IMG]
    [IMG] photo 72FC3B75-5D74-4C5F-8AE1-824698351960-257-00000027EF8E8EC5.jpg[/IMG]
    and here are the leucos. still on their way
    [IMG] photo 5F8E3D48-756D-49DF-BB5E-71A43D15121D-257-00000028041BF147.jpg[/IMG]

    Here's a sarracenia "lady bug" that i just got today!
    [IMG] photo BE1BA7A2-026E-461F-9EA8-41DA9CAD175A-257-00000027D7A8F7F8.jpg[/IMG]
    [IMG] photo 504C85B6-318D-4E28-8934-4958016A2492-257-000000281A576FF5.jpg[/IMG]
    [IMG] photo 8C8A4D26-F3EF-47C6-8895-504BCE02971F-257-000000281F27EAAE.jpg[/IMG]
    and a venus flytrap i bought today. Any idea as to what type?
    [IMG] photo 347EF364-EE3A-45DD-8767-80B2F3D9AFED-257-0000002814FB9D4F.jpg[/IMG][IMG] photo E8981165-D64F-4A88-837D-2C8DDB0CDDDA-257-00000027E6B048CC.jpg[/IMG]
    and a little sundew that came with the lady bug. i think its a spatulata.
    [IMG] photo 7B33F314-1DCE-457E-B171-8858B4D90090-257-000000280970958F.jpg[/IMG]

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    Oh! I like the hood on the Lady Bug!!

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