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Gardening with Carnivores: Sarracenia Pitcher Plants in Cultivation & in the Wild Paperback – February 3, 2002
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A family of carnivorous North American pitcher plants that grows wild in the Southeastern United States, the colorful and striking Sarracenia thrives in nutrient-poor areas, especially near bogs and swamps, and is also surprisingly cold-hardy. Thus, Sarracenia offers gardeners an unusual alternative. In this unique work, Romanowski, an Australian biologist and commercial grower of aquatic plants, first introduces the history, habitat, and function of Sarracenia, covering such topics as how the plants attract and capture insects, pollination and germination, and efforts at conservation in the wild. He then presents the ten major taxa, with thorough descriptions of each. Part 2 covers the plants' cultivation, including nutritional needs, pests and problems (which are relatively few), propagation techniques, and constructing a bog garden. These plants are easy to hybridize, a process covered here in detail. Part 3 discusses the value of the plants as cut flowers and provides valuable advice for establishing a business. Illustrated with 79 beautiful color photographs, the book also includes a list of worldwide carnivorous plant societies. Recommended for both public and academic libraries. Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence
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North American pitcher plants are some of the most fascinating and least understood members of the plant kingdom. Notable for their dramatic coloration, prominent structure, and unique behavior, Sarracenia efficiently pull double duty in the garden by devouring massive numbers of insect pests such as wasps, flies, and ants. Although typically relegated to the realm of hothouse novelties, Sarracenia are remarkably cold-tolerant, making them eminently suitable for use in the garden in many parts of the world, yet few gardeners are cognizant of the plant's versatility. In an effort to increase awareness of and appreciation for these extravagant exotics, Romanowski has produced an extensive guide to their history, ecology, use, and culture, deftly merging academic facts with practical information complemented by brilliant color photos, which capture the kaleidoscopic patterns and lustrous rainbow hues of this biologically adept species. Carol Haggas
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I appreciate writers increasing the public interest in these wonderful plants. At $25, I would recommend passing on this title. If you can find a nice used copy for around eight dollars, it is worth buying for your collection, but it will never be considered anyone's "go-to" book when they need information.
Great book but best checked out at a library.