Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa var. montana

I like most variants and clones of S. purpurea. They are vigorous and robust enough to thrive in a semi-continental climate and produce very showy clumps. Also, contrary to tall-leaved pitcher plants, they will not get filled with insects and rot after a few days, which is a major problem here and the reason why I don’t grow more Sarracenia, as well as the outstanding Darlingtonia californica. I finally got my hands on the variety montana—a plant I’ve been lusting after for a long time.

August 2019

Somehow these two plants went through a rough hailstorm with only very moderate damage. Although the purple pitcher plant lost a leaf and got its rhizome slightly harmed, it could have been much worse judging by the crater left by a large hailstone beside it. Phew!

Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa var. montana
Missing the plants by a few centimeters, the hailstone punched an impressive hole into the soil and threw sand two meters around the pot.
Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa var. montana
An old leaf was smashed and a very young one also got broken, but damage to the rhizome is superficial.

June 2019

Just arrived from Christian Klein is a healthy 15-cm wide Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa var. montana from Oakey Mountain, Georgia, USA.

Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa var. montana bare root
The plant was packed with some suitably wet paper towel to ensure good hydration while it made its way to its new home.
Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa var. montana just repotted
I potted it alongside Sarracenia (alata ‘Night’ × leucophylla) × alata ‘Night’, in full sunlight and with a heat wave taking its toll. I have no concern though, these plants are tough.

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