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

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June 2020

I expected a great mix of colors when I purchased this hybrid, and I’m not disappointed. As its pitchers age, the red tint darkens, enhancing the contrast with the white parts. In the meantime, the lids’ underside become blood red, with marked veins throughout, and a well-defined limit above the throat.

Hail was less severe than in August 2019, but it damaged a few leaves, just as I planned on taking photos of them. Aside from that, the weather over the past few months has been very sunny, but way too dry and windy for my taste. Sarracenia grow taller and more vigourously in a still and moderately humid air.

Sarracenia (alata 'Night' x leucophylla) x alata 'Night' in June 2020
Aside from the torn pitcher, superficial hail damage can be seen on the in-focus one.
Sarracenia (alata 'Night' x leucophylla) x alata 'Night' in June 2020
Things are also nice under the hood. Critters are plentiful at this time of year.

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

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.

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.
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