Sarracenia [(‘Night’ × leucophylla) × ‘Night’]

Created in Germany by Christian Klein and almost unknown to collectors as of 2019, this is a complex hybrid featuring the darkest S. alata clone and the whitest Sarracenia species. The resulting plant is said to produce nearly black pitchers with white windows, as per Christian’s words. It sure is very promising. I could not find any photo of this particular plant prior to purchasing it so I am, for once, keen for a surprise.

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June 2019

This is the first pitcher under my care and it already looks quite nice, with the two parent species clearly apparent. The plant has anchored quickly and sturdily in spite of the initial bad weather, and is currently making three leaves simultaneously. I don’t know whether the milled-bark-based soil has anything to do with it, but it’s impressive. In comparison, S. leucophylla var. alba was still shaking in the wind several months after it was planted due to its weak and slow-growing root system.

Sarracenia (alata 'Night' × leucophylla) × alata 'Night' in June 2019
The height of the portion shown here is roughly 3 cm, and the whole pitcher reaches 14 cm. Note the abrupt transition from pubescent to glabrous on the underside of the lid.

May 2019

I have just received and potted up the plant. I decided to experiment with Mike King’s suggested soil, made of 50% milled pine bark as an alternative to peat moss, 25% grit, and 25% perlite. I used a tall and fairly wide pot because I expect a hybrid to grow vigorously both under and above ground.

Buying peat moss is not environmentally friendly, so I will be using Mike’s mix from now on.

Sarracenia (alata 'Night' × leucophylla) × alata 'Night' in May 2019
For now, the plant is drab to the point I can’t see its potential, but I do have faith in Mr. Klein!
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