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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Survivors

14 March 2010 16:52:57
Darlingtonia & Sarracenia psittacina

Darlingtonia & Sarracenia psittacina

One of last winter's survivors in the greenhouse, is my sarracenia collection.

They are just waking up from dormancy at the moment and one is even producing a flower. Sarracenia produce their flowers before their carnivorous pitchers to ensure pollination. No point in eating the insects that are going to pollinate you!

The picture shows 'evergreen' carnivorous plants.


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J.D. J.D. 14 March 2010 16:54:54

Sarracenias never cease to amaze me. Beautiful.


Mairin Mairin 14 March 2010 22:12:23

Do they actually eat insects or is it a bit of a myth? 


J.D. J.D. 14 March 2010 22:15:32

Yes! But they don't grab them the way a Venus Fly Trap would. The insect falls into the pitcher and gets caught in the sticky enzymes. And digests it. :)


Rachel Rachel 15 March 2010 09:29:54

Jacinta has it spot on, Mairin.

I hate to see them get bees in the summer, and bees seriously reduced in numbers already. But it's just a plant - it traps whatever goes into its pitchers.


unagrant unagrant 15 March 2010 10:05:27

Great looking plants


Lìga Lìga 17 March 2010 08:52:51

They so big already?I remeber you cut them back last autumn.Very good looking!


Rachel Rachel 17 March 2010 10:32:52

No, Liga, these two didn't die back or get cut back. They stayed like that all winter, despite the terrible cold. Now new pitchers are growing from the base. The ones that died back/got cut back are just beginning to send up new growth too.


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