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  1. Hi Damiano, sorry, your Darlingtonia looks dead. It will not recover if the rhizome is completely brown even if the pitcher tips are still green. You could cut the rhizome to remove all brown parts until you get to the whitish/green part, but probably it is too late now and nothing wil be left. Darlingtonia rots easily if the substrate gets too hot or if the plant got too hot during shipment. Next time: Find a spot with good sun in the moroning and avoid direct sun after noon. Darlingtonia likes a lot of light as long as it is cool but it will live happily in semi shade when it gets hot. Adding ice to the water will produce extreme temperature changes that most plants don't like. Rather: Use a big pot - it will stay cool longer that way. Surround the pot with other pots or lower the pot in a peat/sand plunge, so the sun can't shine onto the pot. Don't use a lid / glass cover. A place with good air movement will help to keep the plant cool by evaporation. A Sphagnum cover is good as long as it does not overgrow the plant. Spray now and then. As long as the Sphagnum is happy Darlingtonia will thrive too. Eric
  2. Hi Christian, I don't doubt your label, but it does not say whether those filiformis are native or naturalised. There are herbarium sheets dated 1928 stating D.filiformis was introduced to Prince George’s Co., MD. So some introductions are old, some were gone some time later again, others may still exist. I know Phil S. introduced D.filiformis to Caroline Co., VA around 1982. Did you get your plants earlier than that? Eric
  3. Hi Christian, I could be wrong and there is always that "bird migration argument" that is used to connect the disjunct populations and could also be used to explain temporary populations in between. But presently I'm pretty sure that there are no native populations of D.filformis in VA. Do you have any good reason to believe there are any? There are no historical records for D.filiformis in VA, but many cases of deliberate introductions of non-native CPs in that state. It is known that D.filiformis was naturalised in Prince George’s Co., MD already before 1947. Another population was found much later in Charles Co., MD, and it is assumed that it may also be introduced or spread from the former site. This is close to the VA border. There are reports Rafinesque found D.filiformis in Sussex Co., Delaware in 1804 (type + Glocester Co., NJ), but presently no known native populations. No other native populations are nearbye. Of course there are many native sites in NJ and a few in Southeastern NC. Eric
  4. Hi Martin, those D.filformis in VA are not native but naturalised. I'm not sure where they originally came from. There are also naturalised populations in WV, OH, PA, MD, CA and other states. Most of them originate from the NJ pine barrens, but who knows for sure. Some were planted illegally so there are no records, some were planted on private property. So you would have to ask the owners. Eric
  5. None. It's an Australian triggerplant: Stylidium debile.
  6. Hi, "Error" was grown from 'Eden Black' selfed seed by Kai Becker in 2011. It is an odd, slow growing plant without pitchers, so some don't think it would be a good cultivar. This is the inofficial description: https://translate.google.de/translate?hl=&sl=de&tl=en&u=forum.carnivoren.org%2Fforums%2Ftopic%2F43234-cephalotus-follicularis-error%2F There are probably more plants with inofficial names or codes than registered cultivars in cultivation. Ideally, a special plant that is grown by many growers and that clearly differs from other plants should be described as a cultivar. But it takes some effort to do this. Practically, many excellent plants have not (yet) been officially described and (yet) some average plants have been registered.
  7. Hi DP_FFM, thank you for your understanding and for respecting nature and the law! There's always a lot of pressure on nature around big cities. That's why excessive collection of mushrooms, wood, flowers etc. is more of a problem here than elsewhere. Even though most people are reasonable, a small number of people can do a lot of damage to the forest. All the trash is one of the symptoms. Frankfurt citicens have an intimate relation to their forest. At least it the only city I know of that used to have a holyday (Wäldchestag) dedicated to it. You wouldn't get a permit to collect any Sphagnum unless you are doing serious bryological research and have an affiliation with a university. There are not many places in the forest around Frankfurt where you would find a lot of Sphagnum. You were lucky to find such a spot. It should be left alone. Especially if you can't tell apart rare species from common species. The ground water has dropped since the city needs more and more water. Therefore the wetlands around there are struggling for survival. There used to be places where you could find even Pinguicula vulgaris, Drosera anglica and Utricularia bremii, but they are all gone now. Growing CPs can be one of the cheapest hobbies you can imagine unless you want to build and run a highland terrarium with demanding plants, lights and cooling. Trade plants with others and all you need is a green thumb, a bright window sill, access to rain water, and some peat, coco coir and/or pine bark. Eric
  8. Hi, according to German law (BNatSchG) all Sphagnum species are especially protected. They must not be taken from the wild. Not because they are all rare (some are), but to prevent commercial collection and to protect the habitat. So you do need a permit! Grow your own Sphagnum if you want to save money. Eric