Sarracenia Insanity! My pilgrimage to the Asylum

If you’ve searched carnivorous plants online at all, you may have come across a blog known as The Pitcher Plant Project. My pal Rob Co is the owner of said blog, and the greenhouse in which he houses his plants is affectionately known as The Asylum (I love it!). My friend Megan is also a friend of Rob’s and visited the area last weekend! The three of us got together and spent a few hours in carnivorous plant insanity paradise!

It’s been a dream for me to visit a personal collection like at the Asylum since I first got into carnivorous plants. Please enjoy my MANY photos from the visit below!

An S. leucophylla, which I believe was ‘Helmut’s Delight’.

Sarracenia leucophylla. North American pitcher plant.


An S. alata, possibly Maroon Throat? I was really not paying attention to names and species as I was shooting!
Sarracenia. North American pitcher plant.


More leucophylla goodness!

Sarracenia leucophylla. North American pitcher plant.


Oh hai, Rob!

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Lots of Drosera stickiness at the Asylum too!

Drosera binata, Fork-leafed sundew.


Utricularia reniformis

Utricularia Reneformis


Lots of succulent love too! I especially enjoyed this red Crassula beauty.

Crassula succulent


Anthocyanin-free goodness! I believe these were the courtii AF x venosa AF crosses that Rob made.

Anthocyanin-free. Sarracenia. North American pitcher plant.


Look at that color contrast! A form of S. excellens, I believe?

Sarracenia. North American pitcher plant.


I’m a sucker for red/green contrast like this, too!

Sarracenia. North American pitcher plant.


The one and only S. x ‘Legacy’!

Sarracenia. North American pitcher plant.

Sarracenia minor goodness!

Sarracenia minor. North American pitcher plant.

Pretty Tillandsia, too!

Tillandsia air plant.

Snails don’t seem to bother this Nepenthes!

Sarracenia. North American pitcher plant and snail friend.

Ahhh, Heliamphora!

Heliamphora. Sun pitcher carnivorous plant.


And this where my lack of Nepenthes knowledge really shows. Uhh, N. sibuyanensis? 

Sarracenia. North American pitcher plant.


An aristo hybrid, right? ‘Cause the pitcher opening is on the side instead of the top! the-pitcher-plant-project-asylum (1 of 1)-2


Lil’ neps with lil’ helis!

Sarracenia. North American pitcher plant.


That one Nepenthes with the awesome candy-striped peristome, am I right??Nepenthes Asian pitcher plant


Also some very pretty orchid flowers I’ve seen on Pinterest quite often, but don’t know the name of!

Orchid flowers


Look at all those baby brontosauruses! The Sarracenia seedling tables was one of my favorites! They’re probably the cutest things in existence.

Sarracenia. North American pitcher plant seedlings


Hashtag sexy sarracenia, holla!

Sarracenia. North American pitcher plant.


Well hello there, handsome!

Sarracenia hybrid. North American pitcher plant.


Rob’s also got a sweet collection of Dionaea! Look at how red these pretties are!Venus Flytrap. Dionaea Muscipula

Venus Flytrap. Dionaea Muscipula


I wanna say this is S. x ‘Green Monster’.

Anthocyanin free Sarracenia. Green monster.


Gorgeous, plump S. purpurea var. venosa!

Sarracenia venosa

Dem leuco colors!

Sarracenia leucophylla. North American pitcher plant.


I met the lidless wonder, S. leucophylla ‘Bris’ in person! Even more lovable in real life than in photos, trust me!

Sarracenia leucophylla. North American pitcher plant. "Bris" a lidless mutation


And finally, look at these fine human beings in The Carnivore Girl logo shirts! Thank you Megan and Rob for representing my humble little brand and being such awesome people! It was a fantastic day and I can’t wait to do it again! 😀

The Carnivore Girl logo shirts!



  1. Natch Greyes says:

    Awesome photos! That looked like a great visit! Wish I could go!

    I can help you out with a few names:

    The Utric is probably U. cornigera not U. reniformis.

    The aristo hybrid is “thorelli” x aristo. The “thorelli” is likely not actual thorelli, but a closely related species.

    The candy-striped peristome plant is a veitchii hybrid of some sort.

    • Maria says:

      Thank you for the clarifications, Natch! We’d love to have you visit the west coast! 😀 I fully intend on visiting an NECPS show in the not too distant future!

  2. Rob says:

    Truly an honor to have you and Megan over! Good times. Thank you so much for making the trek out. Hope the next time you swing by it won’t be so late in the season so there will be fresher traps 🙂

    You’ve shot some brilliant photos! WOW, I’m like uh.. those are my plants? 🙂 Great photos, Maria!!

    Here’s the ID’s and background to the plants you had questions about:

    The first leucophylla shot has leuco HCW (don’t remember which clone – I wana say clone A) and Helmut is the one with the purple veins in the shot. The alata I believe is a maroon throat.

    Utric – possibly it could be U. cornigera. I received it from Bob Ziemer years ago as “U. reniformis – small form”. I believe I got it before U. cornigera was described (2009.) It doesn’t get as large as ‘Big Sister’ – and if you want to see the flower, it’s here: (And you have a piece of it now!)

    The AF cross indeed is courti AF x venosa AF.

    The excellens type plant is from Jerry Addington (I don’t have the exact parentage on me, I think there’s something else in that mix…)

    The one Nepenthes with the red peristome is N. tiveyi x ventricosa. The aristo hybrid is a thorelli x aristo, from Paul Barden. As Natch had mentioned – not sure about the thorelli part. Whatever it is, it’s pretty cool! The striped Nepenthes is a young pitcher of N. tiveyi “Red Queen” – from Kinjie, but I think it originates back to the collection of Jeremiah Harris.

    Orchid is the squid orchid! (Prosthechea Cochleata). You got the green monster right 🙂 The purp under that is actually S. rosea “Big Mama”

    Hope all this ID helps. And man, those shirts tho! SO AWESOME! Thanks again for the shirt – it is so awesome!

    Again, thank you for visiting. Really great to have you all!


    • Maria says:

      Thanks, Rob for the IDs and kind words! It’s easy to take photos of such great plants! 😀 I’m already looking forward to seeing the fresh growth in the spring!

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