'Mardi Gras' is an example of how fantastically ornamental Sarracenia can be bred. Its defining feature is the outrageously ruffled hood, with prominent purple-red veins against a golden-yellow background - it's more like a fashionable 1920s ball gown than a bug-eating plant! The monstrous lid overhangs an understated mouth. Pitcher tubes are of medium height, curved upward from the crown, yellow with light red veining, and somewhat more cold-hardy than most other Sarracenia.
'Mardi Gras' produces its best pitchers of the season in late summer and early fall, and appreciates heat and bright sun.
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 8 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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for examples of how your plant may look at this time of the year and important growing tips for the season.
Type of Plant
Cold hardy perennial for outdoor growing.
Size of Adult Plants
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.