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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Essex Carnivorous Plants: New at Hampton Court ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 10 Jul 2009 at 09:29 AM

Carnivorous plants, and the Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea) in particular, seem to hold an eternal fascination but until you take a moment to look at a whole collection you don't realise how many different types there are. And amongst the plants in the National Collection on display from Essex Carnivorous Plants in the Plant Heritage Marquee at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show are three newcomers.

Dionaea muscipula 'B52'. Image: GardenPhotos.comDionaea muscipula ‘B52' is an unusually large and vigorous flytrap. The individual traps are much larger than those of the wild species and of other varieties and can be as much as 5.7cm/2.25in long. They're also an unusually deep red in colour, especially when grown in good light.

‘B52' was selected from seedlings in 2005 by Henning Von Schmeling of the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia, and the name comes from his system of designating plants in his breeding programme.

Sawtooth' is unusual in that instead of the long spines running along the edge of each trap, there is simply a line of saw teeth. Then each tiny tooth is itself toothed so that the result is more like a fringe. The traps are basically green although late in the season they may become red.

‘Sawtooth' is a sport that occurred in the tissue culture of the more usual form of Dionaea muscipula. It was found in the 1980s by Thomas Carow of Muennerstadt, Delaware, and was grown under a range of informal names before finally being registered as ‘Sawtooth'.

‘Sawtooth' is the parent of ‘Bohemian Garnet', the last of the trio of newcomers on the on the Essex Carnivorous Plants stand. ‘Bohemian Garnet' is distinctive in its all-red colouring and the saw-tooth edge to its traps. It's also very compact and but at the same time produces new offsets at a generous rate. Removing the offsets promptly and rooting them separately allows the parent plant to develop more fully. ‘Bohemian Garnet' is a cross between ‘Sawtooth' and ‘Royal Red' made in the Czech republic by Miroslav Srba in 2000, but it has only recently been named.

You can buy plants of these new dionaeas at the Show or order from the Essex Carnivorous Plants website.



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