Carnivore Haul and a few updates too

Sarracenia Flava var cuprea

Last week I went to California Carnivores while I was in the SF Bay area. While I was there, I enjoyed their private collection, sweated in my sweater in their green house, and bought a few plants. I even got a few freebies as sometimes when carnivores get…frisky, they don’t have pot boundaries.

Sarracenia flava var cuprea and hitchhikers

I bought a small 4″ pot of Sarracenia flava var cuprea, which has a nice coppery top with enough light. I love how the flava has a heart shaped lid. I transplanted it to a 5 in pot when I got home. This little pot was a mini bog garden already. It had many flowering stalks of Utricularia bisquamata, a small Drosera capensis, multiple baby Drosera binata, and some mystery rosette Drosera.

I got a Drosera spatulata, my first rosette sundew. It’s supposed to pretty easy to care for. It came with a ton of U. bisquamata flowers.

P. cyclosecta

I resisted ordering a P. cyclosecta before my vacation because I knew I was going to make a visit to California Carnivores. I totally beelined to the ping section to pick it up. It is quite small, but it’s okay, pings grow pretty quickly when they’re happy.

P. esseriana

P. esseriana was not on the california carnivores website and it wasn’t on the ping tray, but on a whim I just asked if they had one…and THEY DID. Yay! It also came with some mystery sundews.

Speaking of tiny pings, my P. laueana has made great progress since receiving it 2 months ago…


The pot also grew a nice plush carpet of moss.

At a local San Francisco garden center, Sloat Garden Center, and I found some carnivores there. I bought this cute little Utricularia sandersonii.

U. sandersonii

This guy is so cute.

When I got back to LA, I made a visit to the local Armstrong’s Garden center for some neem oil spray, and (un)fortunately, I saw a mystery nepenthes there…and then I bought it. I assume it’s a N. ventrata.


And lastly, a little update on the sarracenias…The mystery rhizome from my California carnivores order is finally showing some pitchers.


I wonder what it is. It probably has some S leucophylla in it. It also makes phyllodia, which S leucophylla does not make. I wonder what it is. Best guess so far is either, Judith Hindle or Dana’s Delight, of which the latter is sold at California Carnivores. We will have to see what the more mature pitchers look like!

I’ve learned that vacation is very dangerous for my wallet. And also window space in the house is very quickly dwindling as there were also some orchid and succulent purchases.

Any idea on what the mystery sarracenia is?









Trip to California Carnivores


Recently, I went home to San Francisco on a much needed vacation. It was the first time I’ve been back to my hometown since getting into carnivorous plants, so I was excited for my first trip to California Carnivores.

It had all the things there 🙂

Entrance bog garden

The Sarracenias were just waking up, and their flowers were all in full bloom.

Top Left: Show room; Bottom Left: private bog, huge Drosera binatas; Top Mid: blooming Sarracenia purpurea; Bottom Mid: outdoor grow space; Right: Greenhouse growing

Their show room had tons of interesting Nepenthes…that I don’t know the names of…


I spent a small chunk of money there as well. I’ll talk about it on the next post 😉

Any one visit other cool nurseries lately, Carnivorous or otherwise?

Carnivorous Plants Waking Up

Sarracenia leucophylla, first pitcher of the season

Spring is here! and the temperate plants are waking up. My first Sarracenia leucophylla pitcher just opened. I say that as if I’ve grown these forever, but this is going to be my first season…Every excited 🙂


Down in the front of the pot, the surprizome (mystery rhizomes) from California Carnivores is also starting to eek out it’s first pitchers. I didn’t think they would come in so big. I probably should have used a bigger pot, but oh well.

This weekend, I found little a Sarracenia scarlet belle seedlings at home depot, all dried up in plastic boxes. I picked one that was still alive looking. It was a deal, though, at $5, if it lives. I think it will, Sarracenias seem to be pretty hardy plants.


I like how the sarracenia on the box lookes nothing like the one in the box, and it’s labeled cobra lilly, which, I think, is usually referring to Darlingtonia californica. It does say “Sarracenia” on the back though.

I repotted in a slightly bigger pot. The peat moss in the original pot was so dry it was in a clump too small for the pot…

Sarracenia scarlet belle

On another note, my Pinguiculas are happy. My Pinguicula ibarrae is making a new bud. I’m so proud of myself!

Pinguicula ibarrae

The buds my Pinguicula emarginata x jaumavensis came with are flowering…

Pinguicula emarginata x jaumavensis


I love Pinguicula flowers; they are so delicate. I also appreciate that they like to flower 🙂 Meanwhile, my teeny weeny Pinguicula laueana is growing. I didn’t think it would come in so small, and I was kind of scared of killing it since I was a beginner.

Pinguicula laueana


I am also expecting my first Drosera capensis flower stalk is also in development.

Drosera capensis var narrow leaf


Any California Carnivore suprizomes appearing in your garden yet?

Pinguicula Unboxing

Group shot of the plant corner.

I’ve been waiting all morning for my package from Gem State Carnivores to arrive. Customer service has been excellent. He replies quickly to inquiries and shipping was fast. I bought 3 pings from him: P Weser, P emarginata x jaumavensis, and P laueana x potosiensis.

unpacking process

The pings were super well packed. So well packed, that I could barely get into it! There was a lot of cutting involved. The pings were healthy and a good size. The p emarginata x jauvamensis is in flower and pushing new buds out. I love the little white flower with pink veining.

Pinguicula emarginata x jaumavensis flower
Ping group shot 🙂 In their new window sill home

The new plants were potted up in 2/3 peat and 1/3 perlite and the bottom was lined with a little bit of sphagnum. My first 3 came potted, so it was my first time seeing the roots. They are quite shallow and dinky–a little silly looking because you wonder how it’s supposed hold a plant in place.

On a side note, the serracenias are waking up. I bought a dormant mystery rhizome on a recent order from California Carnivores. Can’t wait to see what it is!

Are your carnivores waking up for the spring yet?