I don't know why but this is becoming one of my favourite plants of the moment. It is a 2010 seed grown (I can't remember where I got the seed from, which is a source of regret) S. purpurea ssp. venosa coarse white hair, ex Schlosser"Buddha Belly". Currently residing in a bog outdoors I may well pot them up at the end of the year to save them from the rigours of the winter outdoors and get them into growth earlier next year.
I know it seems like I keep banging on about this plant but it is has a really nice year round appeal, necessary for outside bog interest, unfortunately my artistic capabilities with a camera do not do it justice. It's colourful, shapely and requires little maintenance, it's the only ssp venosa I possess that goes through winter outside without loosing most of its leaves, it starts growing earlier in the season than all the other ssp venosa and indeed some purpurea that I have and doesn't struggle in the early season cool damp temperatures. The pitchers colour readily in my conditions with even the new pitchers have interest with their shape, veining and colouring. Some pictures from today.
Well this is how it’s come through winter outside, including the worst effects that the beast from the East and it’s daughter could do and this is how it looks without any ‘tidying up’. The pitchers pictured are now into their third, or possibly fourth year, so are still looking good for old timers. I put a two pound coin behind one of its ears for some idea of size.
Once again my engineering background trumps my artistic temperament and causes the picture to be less than flattering,the plant actually looks a lot better.
Last Edit: Apr 14, 2018 16:53:06 GMT by stevebooth