Sarracenia‘Cobra Nest’ is the first Sarracenia plant that was bred and selected to be easy to grow for indoor hobbyists, and suitable for pot plant production by commercial growers. The fanciful name refers to the thick cluster of snake leaf traps.
This cultivar earned its patented status for its unique horticultural characteristics. It grows vigorously, year around, in a compact shape, about 25 cm (10 inches) tall. This is in contrast to many wild species, which turn brown in the Fall and go dormant. A flaring hood reflexes over the top of the hollow tube leaf. While ornamental, it is also a practical feature as it prevents leaf collapse when water or rain hits the plant from above.
Sarracenia‘Cobra Nest’ is slightly more resistant to leaf edge browning from salt or fertilizer burn when compared to many wild species, but care should still be taken to give the plant mineral free water (in SF tap water is ok). Leaf traps open green, then turn red and maroon as they mature. The plant branches very freely, which gives it a full thick appearance. Flowers are large with pink pendant petals, and white sepals, appearing after one year, in the summer.
Always keep your 'Cobra Nest' sitting in one inch of water using the tray method. Grow the plant outdoors or on your sunniest windowsill (direct sun is great).
The exact parentage ofSarracenia‘Cobra Nest’ is unknown.