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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.
Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified
Maximum height: 15 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres
Maximum width: not specified
Minimum width: not specified
Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Insects, small mammals.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: not specified.
Planting season: not specified.
Types of fertiliser: not specified.