Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa var. montana

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September 2020

The little montana spent most of the growing season healing from hailstone impact. Although it was left cut in half down to the rhizome, and went through a stressful repotting just two months before the celestial event, I was confident in its ability to recover. It slowly did, and even produced a few offshoots. Sarracenia are tough plants!

Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa var. montana in September 2020
This year, the main growing point produced only two pitchers, and they ended up nearly at the same place instead of facing each other out, which indicates that the rhizome is still “reshaping”. Old hail damage can be seen on the front leaf.

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 in August 2019
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 in August 2019
An old leaf was smashed and a very young one also got broken, but damage to the rhizome is superficial.

June 2019

I like most variants and clones of Sarracenia purpurea. They are vigorous and robust enough to thrive in a temperate climate, and they produce very showy clumps. I finally got my hands on the variety montana—a plant I’ve been lusting after for a long time.

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 in June 2019
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 in June 2019
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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