Sarracenia ‘Reptilian Rose’

With a large, red, ruffled hood and gnarled, angled lip, S. Reptilian Rose is both beauty and beast. It’s a vigorous Sarracenia cultivar bred in 2000 by master breeder Phil Faulisi, and germinated in January of 2001 by Travis Wyman. Reptilian Rose’s recipe is one part S. oreophila “Sand Mountain”, and one part S. ‘Royal Ruby’ (a gorgeous moorei) and was hand selected in 2004 for its unique traits. It received coveted cultivar status on December 2nd, 2008 with the publishing of Volume 38 of the ICPS Carnivorous Plant Newsletter.

Rep Rose, as it’s sometimes nicknamed, has only one known sibling in circulation, named ‘Kristina.’

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Unique characteristics of Sarracenia Reptilian Rose

Trap characteristics

From the annals of the ICPS:

Sarracenia Reptilian Rose pitchers grow between 28-34 inches (71-86 cm) in height and are topped by a large flared hood. Early spring pitchers of this plant tend to be more robust, attaining greater size and colouration than pitchers put out later in the season. The pitchers of this plant have inherited the heavy venation from their Sand Mountain S. oreophila parent displaying the trait as the pitchers develop and first open. As the pitcher ages it develops an overall beautiful pinkish-rose colouration. Another characteristic of this plant is that the nectar roll often puckers up in places, creating an almost fanged appearance. This plant commonly produces phyllodia in the fall that are moderately curved in the manner of S. oreophila. The blooms on this plant open a vibrant yellow with a few red markings at their base. Over the course of about a week the petals develop an apricot-orange hue. One thing that we (THW and PF) have both noticed is that the blooms on this plant will occasionally be malformed such that their parts are produced in threes and fours, instead of the usual five. This malformation does not appear to affect the fertility of the specific bloom as both of us have produced seed from such malformed blooms. The unique nature of this plant necessitates that it only be reproduced through vegetative means.

Other notable characteristics

Like it’s appearance, Reptilian Rose’s name is multi-faceted; A fellow carnivorous plant grower and colleague of Phil’s, Mitchell Davis, was examining the plant one day and happened to mention that the veining pattern in the throat and inner hood resembled the skin definition of a lizard, hence “Reptilian”. Previously, Phil had discovered that the pitcher hoods were highly fragrant in a manner reminiscent of English roses. In addition, the mature colouration of the pitchers is a deep rose.

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