Winged Pitcher Plant
Nepenthes alata

Family: Nepenthaceae
Genus: Nepenthes (nep-EN-theez) (Info)
Species: alata (a-LAY-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Carnivorous and Insectivorous

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brea, California

Fullerton, California

Sonoma, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 23, 2006, FLtropics from Pompano Beach, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Plants that eat flies make me very happy! This one is hanging in a 10" pot in the shade of my Crape Myrtle. Seems to be a happy camper to me! I have to move it to a bigger pot soon.

Neutral

On Mar 31, 2003, aahauge wrote:

Nepenthes Alata needs to be kept wet. Mostly it's placed in hanging pots and you need to water it from above - never in a "tray system", where the plant is exposed to water all the time, which will suffocate the roots. Always use destilled water, rainwater or boiled water, that has rested for at least 24 hours.

"Alata" needs a very high level of humidity (minimum 70%), why you have to "mist" the plant at least 1 time a day. Water it every 2 or 3 days (if very hot every day) and mist it 2 or 3 times a day. Never let it dry out! Never expose the plant to direct sunlight for more than 2 or 3 hours a day. It needs lots of light (but not direct).

Fertilizer: The plant needs fertilizer unless it's eating a lot of flies! But too much fertilizer may kill it. Feed your... read more