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Sarracenia leucophylla L103 MK Yellow River, Santa Rosa Co. FL

Sarracenia leucophylla L103 MK Yellow River, Santa Rosa Co. FL

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Sarracenia leucophylla is a carnivorous plant of the sarracenia genus that lives in the humid meadows of the South-Eastern United States, namely Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Missouri.
It produces slender, bulbous ascidians only at the top. Their color is white, often adorned with green, purple veins or sometimes they are absent as in the alba varieties.
In spring the leucophylla produces ascidians of modest dimensions, often narrow and slender which struggle to hold themselves up, they can also produce phyllodia, again in spring, i.e. flat and unopened leaves in the characteristic tubular shape. They give their best from September onwards, when they produce truly majestic and very colorful ascidians from the rhizome compared to the gaunt and faded spring ones.
Furthermore, the nectar of the leucophylla is the best I have ever observed in the sarracenia genus, it really attracts many autumn insects, including bugs.
The flower of the sarracenia leucophylla is very tall and with large red petals. Some sarracenia leucophylla have introgressions with winged sarracenia and the flower can have a white, greenish color

Growing Tips

The sarracenia catches many flies, wasps, bedbugs and other large insects
Soil: Blonde acid sphagnum peat with perlite
IN SUMMER: Keep the plant exposed to the sun for many hours a day, which is essential for it to grow healthy and colourful. It does not suffer from the summer heat if the water level in the saucer is kept high.
It should never be fertilized.
IN WINTER Keep the plant outside in a sunny and wind-protected position. Just avoid prolonged frosts. You can cut dry and damaged leaves at the base. In spring it will have beautiful flowering and lots of new leaves.
To have even higher traps you can cut the flower as soon as it appears at 5 cm in height. The peat must be completely changed every two or three years.

Watering

The best water is rain or distilled or reverse osmosis.
It must be free of limestone residues and very tender and acidic.
Sarracenia loves a high water level in the saucer.
The traps should not be filled with water.
In summer the ideal level is constant up to half the vase.
In winter, a constant cm or two will be enough.
It is not necessary to vaporize the plant but in the height of summer it can be refreshed with evening rain, always with low-calcareous water.

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