Everything is bigger on Sarracenia ‘Saurus’. – The height, the heft, the color, and the price tag! It’s one of the biggest, baddest man-made hybrid pitcher plants around, and no surprise, originates from the gardens of Mr. Phil Faulisi. The pitchers are tall, but more impressively, and unique to S. ‘Saurus,’ cary a mighty heft. This plant is known for setting a Sarracenia record at auction, selling for $1,025 on January 30th, 2015 which has only recently been unseated by newer Phil creations like ‘Mega Mouth.’
The following description is a modified excerpt from Phil Faulisi’s formal cultivar description of Sarracenia ‘Saurus’ submitted to the International Carnivorous Plant Society for publication on June 7th, 2016.
Sarracenia ‘Saurus’ is a primary S. moorei hybrid of (S. leucophylla × flava var. ornata) which Phil Faulisi made in the spring of 2005 and selected in 2008. This clone is a sibling to cultivars ‘Vintner’s Treasure’ and ‘Hot Lips’.
Sarracenia Saurus, which has created quite a stir worldwide, is a true beast of a pitcher plant reaching towering heights of 85-100 cm or more on well-established older plants. High ambient humidity during the growing season ensures big, robust pitcher growth. According to more than a few carnivorous plant aficionados, this is one of the single largest cultivated pitcher plants they have ever seen. As of the time that S. Saurus received cultivar status, June 7th of 2016, the plant was the largest Phil had ever created. There may be taller pitcher plants out there, but the overall girth and heftiness of this cultivar carries its weight as one of the biggest man made ever. It is a spectacle of the carnivorous pitcher plant kingdom.