Giant Pitcher Plant

Nepenthes rajah | Also known as: Giant Malaysian Pitcher Plant, Rajah Brooke’s Pitcher Plant | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A very large species, nepenthes rajah is highly desired amongst tropical carnivorous plant enthusiasts. A scrambling vine, its leathery, light green leaves can be significantly large, while its deep purple pitcher trap can accommodate a human fist. Little wonder it is commonly known as the giant pitcher plant. Unlike other species, the pitcher is scalloped and its oblong lid has a keel, while inside, its nectar glands are obvious to the eye. When flowering, a long floral lance emerges, covered in dozens of small blossoms. The giant pitcher plant needs humid conditions, but cool nights too. Pot in well-drained, long-fibre Sphagnum moss, and water lightly but regularly with distilled water. Pruning any offshoots after flowering is recommended.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 2
Spread [m]
  • 0
Dominant flower colour
  • Mixed colours
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green with purple or pink shades
Foliage in summer
  • Green with purple or pink shades
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green with purple or pink shades
Foliage in winter
  • Green with purple or pink shades
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • layering
Growth habit
  • Climbing
Hardiness zone
  • Z13-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • Carnivorous
Grown for
  • Colourful pitchers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Prairies
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
Gardening expertise
  • advanced
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years