Tropical Pitcher Plant

Nepenthes x coccinea | Also known as: Monkey Cups | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Not one for a typical urban garden, Nepenthes x coccinea is a tropical carnivorous plant with an elaborate way of catching its prey. It is commonly known as the tropical pitcher plant, a name earned by virtue of its bright red pitcher-like pouch, which grows on the end of a long, narrow tube at the end of light green leaves. The pouch has an open top with a thin lid that closes when prey enters, attracted by its fragrance. A tender plant, it is best grown under glass in high humidity and warmth, in bright filtered light, and in well-drained, acidic soil. Pruning any offshoots after flowering is recommended.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 6
Spread [m]
  • 0
Dominant flower colour
  • Mixed colours
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Yellow-green
Foliage in summer
  • Yellow
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow
Foliage in winter
  • Yellow-green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • layering
Growth habit
  • Climbing
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