Sarracenia leucophylla var. alba ‘Hurricane Creek White’

Sarracenia leucophylla var. alba ‘Hurricane Creek White’2017-05-17T19:31:17+00:00

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Sarracenia leucophylla var. alba ‘Hurricane Creek White’

Sarracenia leucophylla var. alba is a gorgeous variety of leucophylla and ‘Hurricane Creek White’ is a large, robust cultivar. Unfortunately, the name ‘Hurricane Creek White’ is meant as a memorial to the land where these plants naturally grew before they were wiped out by human activity. It’s a rare prize in carnivorous plant collections.

The original plants were collected from Hurricane Creek Alabama by John Hummer before their habitat was completely destroyed. Today, the progeny of these plants are propagated vegetatively through divisions and through sexual propagation (pollination) with other Hurricane Creek White Sarracenia. However, only seed grown plants that exhibit the all-green-and-white characteristics can be considered true ‘Hurricane Creek White’ cultivars.

Unique biology of Sarracenia leucophylla var. alba ‘Hurricane Creek White’

Trap characteristics

Straight from the cultivar description on the International Carnivorous Plant Society’s website:
It is important to reiterate that this very white Sarracenia leucophylla cultivar is not anthocyanin-free. When one sees this cultivar for the first time, it is easy to mistake it for the anthocyanin-free form often sought after by many carnivorous plant admirers. Mature late summer leaves are a bright white with no visible red venation. The basal crowns are red, but require close inspection to see this feature. Only if there is some type of damage to the leaf pitcher will a red infusion around this injury be visible. The leaf production in spring varies from a few nice leaves to occasionally none at all, especially if there is heavy flower production.
Anthocyanin is a red, purple, or blue pigmentation that gives pitcher plants their characteristic venation and rosy colors.

Other notable characteristics

As previously mentioned, Sarracenia leucophylla var. alba ‘Hurricane Creek White’ (if this plant had a signature, it would take seven days to write it) can be propagated via seed. However, with all sexual reproduction, variation is introduced into the gene pool, and new traits may emerge, while others are suppressed. If a plant started from seed, grown to maturity, doesn’t demonstrate the defining characteristics of the cultivar, it can’t be considered that cultivar. In short, even Sarracenia leucophylla var. alba ‘Hurricane Creek White’ seeds may not be true Sarracenia leucophylla var. alba ‘Hurricane Creek White.’
Also worth noting; this North American pitcher plant can demonstrate red coloration around a wound or pitcher damage. This does not exclude it from the cultivar name.

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Sarracenia leucophylla var. alba ‘Hurricane Creek White’

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