Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sarracenia flava var. atropupurea - FRT 1-5

Data at a glance...

Latin name                           Sarracenia flava var. atropurpurea
Clone name                          FRT 1-5
Acquired                              Summer 2010, ex Fly Free Zone
Pitcher flush pattern           many: few: P (Sp: Su: Au) 
Growth strength                  Strong, good divider.
Division                                New growth point produced at each flowering

FRT 1-5 originated as seed distributed by Fred Howells as S. flava in the 1970s. It was germinated by David Martin who runs Fly Free Zone in Queensland. FRT 1-5 is his clone name, with FRT meaning flava red tube. This is a good clone, as growth is clumping and division rate is good to strong. Pitchers are also produced liberally until after midsummer. This is exceptional for a plant that is technically a S. flava var. atropurpurea - most clones of this variety are slow to divide and grow, and may throw 1-2 pitchers a year. Not so FRT 1-5. However, it does sulk if repotted - mine showed its full glory only at the start of the season because it was repotted this year. As the photos show, it is sulking and has lost most of its colour. Compare the bottom photo in the sequence on this page with those above to see what I mean.