Happy Christmas week, everyone! I hope you’ve been having a warm, cozy holiday season with as little stress as possible. I know many of you are busy with family and other obligations, but chill out for a minute and let’s play a game! Think for a second about what YOU want, not everybody else!
What plants are on your “fantasy” carnivorous Christmas list? That is, if money, availability, and growing conditions were no object, which plants would you
sell your soul ask Santa for? Here’s a few of mine!
You’ll notice I love the color red in plants, and am easily seduced by fancy and unusual varieties!
#1: Dionaea Muscipula “Angel Wings”
I’m not as into freaky Venus flytraps as much as some people, but I just really love the look of Angel Wings! It’s weird, but still pretty, in a really visceral kind of way. I keep thinking they look like hearts! It also reminds me of how Venus flytraps were drawn by early botanists. The traps aren’t functional for catching insects because of how pulled back they are, but I would still love them as much as my best bug catchers!
#2 Utricularia Fulva
Look at that gorgeous flower! I almost bought Utricularia fulva along with my other bladderworts, but it was sold out! 🙁 It was essentially love at first sight, so seeing that I couldn’t have was pretty saddening. I haven’t seen it available anywhere else I’ve looked, so I’ll continue admiring photos on the internet for now. I mean, just look at this!
Look at all of these! I want them all!
#3 Sarracenia x “Vintner’s Treasure”
Honestly, I would love to own any Sarracenia created by Phil Falusi, so it was hard to choose just one for this list! But Vintner’s Treasure is the one I keep coming back to. I would love to see the plant in person just to see how deep that red, burgundy color really is! Did that color even exist in nature before?? And it gets BIG! Adult pitchers can reach 32 to 36 inches tall!
The odds of a “normal” person like you or I obtaining a clone of this anytime in the near future are incredibly low. Phil sold a division for $400 on Ebay! It will be a LONG time before this guy produces enough clones to come down to a more reasonable price. Maybe for my retirement present, eh Santa?
#4: Sarracenia leucophylla “Burgundy” x minor giant ‘pink clone’
Now this red beauty is (possibly!) more attainable than Vintner’s Treasure. It’s a hybrid created and sold by Mike Wang, who sells plants through the Sarracenia Forums. Mike has a HUGE variety of Sarracenia to choose from, and most are under $40. This one however, seemed to be not available during his 2014 sale. Maybe I’ll make an inquiry next year! Again, I love the deep red color of the plant, that pretty, fluttery hood, and the pink windows are an awesome little detail!
#5: Drosera falconeri
Drosera falconeri is one of the more unusual-looking sundews out there (seeing pattern here?), with wide leaves looking similarly to a Venus flytrap. Interestingly enough, this plant gives some clues as to how Venus flytraps may have evolved. The current theory is Venus flytraps and Aldovanda share a common ancestor with drosera, and were sticky-leafed traps originally that evolved snap-traps to catch walking prey more efficiently! Read here for more details!
#6: Nepenthes aristolochioides
I’ll admit I’m not really a Nepenthes girl, and have never owned one, though I probably will in the future! Nepenthes are just as vastly unique as Sarracenia, if not more so! But my favorite is definitely Nepenthes aristolochioides. I’m a total sucker for that small pitcher opening on that chubby body! Any aristo hybrids that produce the same kind of pitcher, I’m a fan of! Naturally, the baby pitcher are too adorable to handle!
Hope you didn’t drool on your keyboard too much from viewing this list! 😉 Now it’s your turn! Leave me a comment and let me know what plants are on your fantasy Christmas list!