Nepenthes ventricosa | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

To many, nepenthes ventricosa is the most attractive of the nepenthes genus. Also known as the pitcher plant, this carnivorous scrambling vine is small in size and delicately coloured, with pitchers that resemble a porcelain vase. The pitcher is found in bronze, red, cream and cream with deep purple peristomes, like lips. The pitcher is also irregular in shape, giving it an hourglass appearance. The pitcher plant needs high humidity to grow, but can survive good summers in temperate locations. 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]
  • 4
Spread [m]
  • 0
Dominant flower colour
  • Mixed colours
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green, red shades
Foliage in summer
  • Green, red shades
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green, red shades
Foliage in winter
  • Green, red shades
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • layering
Hardiness zone
  • Z14-15
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