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In my experience, these species produce pitchers more or less equal during their growing season, so with purpurea the plants forms nice rosettes and with minor, my plants tend to grow thier largest traps all at once then follow up with a few pitchers after the main crop.
With S. rosea, that is still a matter of conjecture, there are pitcher differences to the shape and in their geographic distribution, there is a gap in southern Georgia in the range of the plant. I am waiting for Schnell's new book to see if he has formed some opinions on the matter..
I like S.purpurea Subsp. venosa var. burkei ( S.Rosea) best of all. I like the pale pink flowers they produce and one Chipola river plant in my collection has almost white petals with the tiniest hint of pink it. Very attractive! However, I have the very rare luteola form of this variety which has no red pigmentation at all and the flowers are lime white. This particular plant is very vigorous for a venosa, however, the crown of absolute vigour goes to my monster clone of S.purpurea Subsp. pupurea which had had more than 700 offspring and the parent plant had over 400 pitchers on it!! You could not get arms around it!
Hi Nep G,
I hope you are enjoying your plants at the moment. Have you done anything about the greenhouse yet?
To answer your question,my monster purp had over 90 crowns on it before I split it last year. There were 70 divisions potted on leaving approx 20 to clump up again to form another monster. The pitchers were pretty much standard in diameter for a Subsp. purpurea, but they pitchers themsellves were longer I suppose from competing for light with all the other pitchers! Next time it gets as big, I will photograph it! I grew it in a washing up bowl with 6" of water in it to bring the water surface to the top of the pot.