Types of Hybrid Pitcher Plants

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Hybrid carnivorous pitcher plants are actually very common, learn how to care for the North American Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia) in this free video. View Video Transcript

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Wes Major

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Hi! My name is Wes on behalf of expertvillage.com and in this video segment I am going to talk to you about the different hybrids of sarracenias. If you want to know more about carnivorous plants, you can visit us at equilibriocarnivorousplants.com. I find that one of the most interesting aspects of the sarracenias that there are tons of different natural and manmade hybrids. A lot of people like to collect these different hybrids in their cultivation collections and this makes for a really really interesting collection of plants. Right here we have a natural hybrid. This is the sarracenia catesbaei and you can find this hybrid very easily in the wild. This particular hybrid is between this sarracenia flava and this smaller sarracenia purpurea. In the wild when you see these plants growing together, often times you will see exactly this set up. You will see a sarracenia flava, a sarracenia purpurea and then right next to them, you can see their child essentially would be the sarracenia catesbaei. The amazing thing about these hybrids is that you can see elements of each different particular sarracenia. Here the sarracenia catesbaei is slightly taller than the purpurea but it has coloring both from the purpurea and from the flava. We also have a lot of different manmade hybrids. Usually the manmade hybrids of the sarracenias are hybrids mixed with other hybrids. These hybrids are typically named very different creative names or they are some times named after the people that founded the particular hybrid. This hybrid is the Dana's Delight hybrid and it is some variation on the sarracenia leucophylla. You can see here that it looks very similar to the sarracenia leucophylla. It has the white coloring of the particular white topped pitcher plant but it also has a pinkish coloring that has to do with whatever it was hybridized with. Over here we’ve got the sarracenia doodle bug which has been hybridized with some other particular sarracenias and here we’ve go the sarracenia mardi gras. So there are many many different types of hybrids; manmade and natural. Right here we have a tray of full of small sarracenias and these are all different very rare hybrids. These were all grown from seeds but we got these from cultivation from someone that meticulously hybridized all these different sarracenias.