A carnivorous plant blog

The Two…Flowers??

Well I couldn’t think of anything bog-related that rhymed with “Towers” so “Flowers” will have to do, haha.  I know it doesn’t make any sense but at least it’s a part of a plant and this is a plant blog so HEY!

Well it’s been about three weeks since I got back from NY and it’s taken me some time to get all of my BOG photos edited and uploaded.  Do you folks remember the scene from LotR: The Two Towers when the Ents broke the dam and flooded Isengard?  Well, the following photos are kinda, sorta the real-life equivalent.  Needless to say, this delayed work on the BOG for a couple of days…

The Fellowship continues..

My Dad has done a great job so far in preparing the bog before my arrival in NY.  Here are a few more recent photos that show the progress on THE BOG!

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Get it??  I love some good word play!  haha.  Basically, what I’m trying to say is I’ve got one happy Heliamphora.  🙂  I’ve had this lovely seed-grown hybrid since last year and it’s doing wonderfully.  It is a cross between H. heterodoxa and H. minor.  It is probably THE most common Heliamphora cross but since it is seed-grown and quite vigorous…I love it!  Here’s a not-so-great pic I snapped with my cell phone…



Recently I went to see Wicked Plants, which is the new special exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco.  I enjoyed the exhibit but felt it was a bit too wordy.  I was delighted when I came across “Carnivorous Plants” at the exhibit.  It kinda of made me laugh a bit though because, to humans, these plants are harmless.  Whereas the other plants at the exhibit could really do a number on a person.  Maybe they were thinking from an insect’s perspective when they decided to include the carnies in the exhibit.  My guess is that, to insects, CPs are the worst fate imaginable (if bugs actually had the brain capacity to ponder such things, haha).

Switched it up!

So I just deleted my Blogger account and transferred my Carnucopia blog over to WordPress!  I just felt that WP would give me more options (once I get it all figured out) plus many people that I know that blog seem to prefer WP.  In the mean time, please excuse the appearance of the blog.  🙂

The Fellowship of the Bog

So I may (or may not) have mentioned that I only have a small growing space outside for my Sarracenias and other outdoor CPs here in SF. In the past few months I’ve felt the space crunch and had to thin out my beloved collection. However, some Sarrs I simply just can’t part with so I’ve decided to ship them to The Shire (aka Upstate NY). The plan is to create a bog garden and put all of my Sarrs in there when I’m visiting my parent’s house at the end of August. It’ll be a lot of work but once I’m done they’ll have a permanent home where they can grow their little hearts out. I’m sure they’ll appreciate the full sun and high humidity of those NY summers! Here’s a photo of the “future bog site” as it looks right now. It is an island of plants that are far less interesting than Sarracenia.

This is how the island looked before any work began.
Thanks to my Dad, the small chartreuse-colored tree is
now gone. Construction is underway!

Yeeeeeessss. :-]

Go Dad! Nothing left now but some big rocks and roots.

Darth Nepenthe

“I was watching the Star Wars marathon on TV last night and got to thinking: “If Darth Vader was a nepenthes, which one would he be?” Kind of a tough question to answer but I figured the best choice out of my own collection right now would be my Nepenthes izumiae x XTrusmadiensis. I’ve attached a pic of my plant. This is the first pitcher I’ve gotten so far. Hopefully as it matures it will get darker and more Sith-like.”

*The above quote was from a new thread I started on Terra Forums. I’m interested to see the responses from other users. Follow this link to check it out:

Here is the photo of my Darth Nepenthe

Purple People Eater…Revisited!

I first posted about this particular Sarracenia cultivar back in February when I had just received it in the mail. Back then there wasn’t much to show, just some dormant rhizomes. The same can NOT be said now!

This gem is fast becoming one of the favorites of my Sarracenia collection. Hopefully I can keep the aphids and caterpillars off of it (some of my other pitcher plants haven’t been so lucky). Can’t wait to see what other pitchers it has in store for me this season!

Hamata is King (of my collection)

I’d say out of all the Nepenthes out there, the one that evokes the most admiration from growers has to be N. hamata. [Ok, maybe that isn’t entirely true. N. macrophylla and N. edwardsiana are heavy-hitters too. I don’t have an N. edwardsiana (sigh) BUT I do have two N. macrophyllas. I’ll have to save that for another post though. 🙂 ]


If that N. hamata also happens to be seed-grown then double that admiration. The reason I say this is that I’ve seen the sheer number of responses and views from online posts related to hamatas. People go crazy for ’em! Also, prices for tissue-cultured plants are usually high. I’m not really shocked though since this has to be the most sinister-looking of all Nepenthes (and perhaps any other carnivorous plant). Those wicked, recurved teeth. That wild hair on the top of the lid. That cool pattern on the pitcher. What’s not to like?!?! Alright, alright…I’ll quit gushing about this plant (for now) and go ahead and show you my seed-grown N. hamata. Here is the latest (and greatest) pitcher. ENJOY!

Wacky Weather

Lucky (unlucky?) for me most of my carnivorous plants are grown indoors. Lately we’ve been having some weeeird weather: hail, water spouts, torrential rain, tsunami warnings and thunder & lightning! Outdoors my Sarracenias keep on keepin’-on and a lot of them are starting to put up flowers. That’s always a sure sign of Spring for me. I just trimmed off the old pitchers from last season yesterday. I’ll have to post some photos soon of the first flowers and pitchers of the season coming up!