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Pitcher Plant

Nepenthes spp.

Also known as

East Indian Pitcher Plant, Fly Trap Plant, Monkey Cup, Tropical Pitcher Plant, Asian Pitcher Plant

Partial Shade
Advanced care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Overview

Nepenthes is a genus containing around 165 species in the Nepenthaceae family. These plants are mainly epiphytic, evergreen, insectivorous, perennial climbing plants and they originate from East Asia. Commonly known as Pitcher Plants, they are distinguished by their modified leaf midribs that form jug-shaped, lidded, pendant traps that capture and digest passing insects. In cool climates they must be grown under glass in a humid environment, usually in hanging baskets. They have pendulous habits and are tender, so keep above freezing temperatures, plant in a position of full to bright sun and well-draining, moist soil for optimal growth.

Common problems

Propagation

Cuttings

From basal shoots in spring/summer.

Seed

Special Features

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers