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Nepenthes (Pitcher plant)

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Plant description

nepenthes pitcher plant

nepenthes pitcher plant pitchers

Nepenthes are a tropical creeping or climbing carnivorous plants that form interesting insect catching pitchers on the end of mature leaves, in the right conditions. Nepenthes are highly ornamental, the leaves are a dull green, but the pitchers can be spectacular with varying forms and colours. Some pitchers can be so large that they can contain a litre of fluid, which is used to drown the prey. Insects are the usual victims, but the larger species can trap small mammals such as mice, and also lizards.

Nepenthes are shallow rooted with a prostrate or climbing stem. Some species can reach 15 metres in height. In warmer, humid climates they can be grown as garden plants, but in cooler areas they will need protection, humidity and some form of heating in winter. Warmth and humidity is needed for the leaves to produce the pitchers. They like a bright light, but not full sun position, and a well drained soil. They like good air circulation. Rain water is best for watering.

Propagation is from seed or from cuttings. Seed needs to be fresh, and is usually sown on damp sphagnum moss.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 15 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: not specified
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Insects, small mammals.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: not specified.

Sand: moist.

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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