A gardening friend gave me my first two sarracenias – a couple of plump purpureas.
They looked happy and when I realized they weren’t dying in my care, I set my sights on the stately sarracenia leucophylla.
I loved its structure and the trademark purity of its white-topped pitchers. And I meant to get a pot.
But I had to settle for a hybrid instead. I can’t complain; the price was more than reasonable, it was a mature specimen and the pitchers packed the pot.
They were so packed that the air circulation was affected when the plant was in transit.
But the leuco rebounded easily and is now a compact clump again.
The leucophylla towers over my other sarracenias. It also blooms more readily. Each time it does, I give nature a hand with the pollination but have yet to reap the dividends.
I sowed these.
I know I sound like a proud mother hen, but then they are special. And if they turn out to be the lycophylla species – the real mc coy – I’d be more than chuffed.
Care and propagation: plant on LFS or a mix of sphagnum peat moss, sand and perlite (2:1:1), stand in dish of water, semi to full sun. Divide during dormancy or propagate using seeds.