Unlike the trumpet-shaped pitchers of the Sarracenia species, these tropical vines produce hanging pitchers, which are attached to the leaves by a stalk. They vary in size from quite small up to a whopping 40cm long in certain rare species.
Insects that venture inside the pitchers slip down and drown in the liquid at the base, to be slowly absorbed by the plant as food.
How do I grow them?
Being native to the tropics, Nepenthes species need to be grown in a frost-free climate, and most species require a minimum night-time temperature above 10°C.
Grow them in a partially shaded position and water regularly to keep the soil moist.
Tropical pitcher plants grow well in pots, and are also suited to hanging baskets as the extra height displays the hanging pitchers perfectly.