This hybrid is a classic case of an ugly duckling turned swan. It was a random hybrid that popped up in our collection. When we first grew this plant, we thought the plant was fairly nondescript. It had long curvy pitchers that flopped all over the place. We nearly threw the plant away until we decided to grow it in a hanging pot. Voila! The plant suddenly looked a lot better! Because the pitchers were snake-like, we named the plant Medusa.
Another unique feature about this plant is that it produces two sets of pitchers. In early spring, the pitchers are thin and snake-like and flop over the sides of the pot. In late summer and early fall, the plant produces another set of pitchers, which are are stout and grow straight up. (See first two photos below.)
The plant is also a prolific bloomer. It sends up an array of red flowers. in spring Medusa has never looked so good!sets of pitchers, one in mid spring, and another in late summer when the weather cools down.
Plants You Receive
Plants are shipped in 4-inch pots with proper growing media. Each plant is a division from select mother plants in our collection. Pitchers are expected to reach 12 inches during their first season after division.
All cold hardy plants are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon and experience the changes of the seasons. Care instructions are provided.
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Type of Plant
Cold hardy perennial for outdoor growing.
Size of Adult Plants
12-16 inches tall.
Full sun, 6 or more hours of direct sunlight.
Use mineral-free water or water low in minerals (less than 50 parts per million). Keep the soil wet by setting the plant in a dish of standing water.
Use 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite (or washed river sand). Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost.
April - October. Pitchers will brown at the onset of winter dormancy.
Hardy of winter frost. Mulch in USDA zones 7 and colder.