Friday, June 3, 2011

Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora - Helmut's red tube

Data at a glance...
Latin name                           Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora
My clone name                    Helmut's red tube (ex J.J. Betz collection)
Acquired                               December 2009, ex Helmut Kibelis
Pitcher flush pattern            n: n: P (Sp: Su: Au) 
Growth strength                   Strong
Division types                      New growth point at flowering and ?1+ rhizome node yearly.

Pitcher description
Lid with filament under-developed, yellow with maroon venation on both surfaces, lid margin undulating. Throat pigmented purple-red with veins extending onto lid and pitcher tube; tube interior yellow with maroon veins, exterior deep maroon with green speckles on throat exterior. Flower yellow, strong flava scent, petals narrow, non undulating.

Helemt's red tube is a plant that always gets everyone's attention, mainly because of its magnificently veined lid. It is a strong grower (by flava var. rubricorpora standards anyway) that grew to around the summer equinox in 2010-2011. It also divides quite readily, both at flowering and later in the season from secondary growths. The photos do not show how red this clone becomes, as it was repotted in 2010. The 2011-2012 season promises to be quite a good one, so it should look stunning this spring.