That Helen is definitely a conversation piece.
Another pic of Helen. (You did know this hybrid is named for Helen Mirren, film star and horticulturist?)
Last edited by Whimgrinder; 06-11-2013 at 08:28 AM.
A couple more. The first two are also N. spectabilis hybrids.
Can you guess what the other parent of this is?
And the amazing N. lowii X spectabilis:
And this insane monster pitcher; N. (lowii X veitchii) X boschiana:
It's interesting that 'Helen' is just spathulata x spectabilis. It almost looks like it has some macfarlanei in there.
Regardless, it's nice enough to make a man want to go on a killing spree to fashion a suit out of human skin!
Truth as Circe. Error has transformed animals into men; is truth perhaps capable of changing man back into an animal?
Regarding N. Helen pedigree: its not difficult to see why this was selected as a tissue culture cultivar, as it represents some of the best features of both. I agree that it doesn't look like the average spathulata hybrid, but I think this is because Cantley's "Giant" N. spectabilis has a lot of influence over its offspring. I can see a lot of similarities between N. Helen and another BE "Giant" hybrid, their N. (lowii X veitchii) X spectabilis "Giant", which I posted a few days ago:
The body shape and overall "feel" of it is similar to N. Helen. Both are BE hybrids from their N. spectabilis "Giant" selection. It obviously behaves differently from the average N. spectabilis.
Is the other parent truncata?