VFTNoob wrote:I was buying everything with a name, but have slowed my roll and have gotten really interested in the mutants. I have attached pictures of my Red/Purple, Wally, Low Giant and Big Mouth. They all look so similar.
I totally understand where you're coming from! However, I can easily tell those cultivars apart -- minus Red/Purple which I don't grow but I believe came from Australia and might possibly be the same clone as Big Mouth.
Low Giant is distinctly different than Wally and Big Mouth. Big Mouth is the parent to Wally, so they look VERY similar. That's one reason we didn't carry Wally in FlytrapStore for a very long time. I've tried to keep the number of cultivars we offer down to just those that actually look substantially different and are easy to identify. However, after growing Wally for 8 or so years, I can pick it out of the bunch, especially this time of year. It divides more readily and also colors up much more quickly than Big Mouth does. It's a great plant and a definite improvement on Big Mouth.
Low Giant has larger traps and longer leaves. It is distinctly different from Wally and Big Mouth. I could easily pick it out of a lineup of those 3 plants. It doesn't get as good of coloration as those other 2, but it does get good color. It is also quite vigorous, robust (doesn't get sick), and is an excellent seed producer. It is one of my all-time favorite flytraps.
VFTNoob wrote:Not complaining though because they are absolutely beautiful, but what makes SD Draco different from Gigantea? Is there a place with more info on specific cultivars?
Gigantea is a fairly new clone to me, but I didn't notice that SD Draco and it look very similar until I read your post. I see now how you could come to that conclusion. They both have longer foliage in the spring and summer and then hunker down to very colorful winter foliage. However, they do grow quite differently in terms of size, vigor, and when their seasonal changes start. Is that enough to warrant owning both of them? Maybe not, but some people enjoy having a diverse collection of Venus flytraps even if they do look similar to each other some or most of the year.
I don't know of any place with more specific information of cultivars. FlytrapStore descriptions do a pretty decent job but it is hard to fully describe a cultivar in every aspect.
Another good source is Stewart McPherson's Dionaea
book. I helped co-author the chapter on cultivars with Mathias Maier (Matze of Green Jaws) and, though a little out of date now, it has some of the best photos and cultivar descriptions I've seen anywhere:
VFTNoob wrote:Has anyone else thought about this with flytraps or is quarantine getting the best of me?
I think it's just having more than a few seasons with your flytraps. Some plants that I've shied away from offering in FlytrapStore because I thought they were too similar to other plants, I can see now after many years with them the minute differences. Some people appreciate those and want to grow two very similar plants. I think that's what it really comes down to.