Ease to Grow: Easy.
Native Range: Philippine Highlands.
Zones: 11-12 (9-14).
Nepenthes ventricosa, is a medium size, robust growing carnivorous tropical pitcher plant with pretty red pitchers with wide openings and a pretty pink scalloped peristome (collar). The lower traps are tubby, rounded and grow low to the ground. They have a narrow waist and no wings. The lid is wide and red. Upper pitchers are smaller and yellow green. It is quite adaptable, and common throughout the Phillipines, growing in the open or shade, among grasses and shrubs. It is heat and cold tolerant and does well in a window. It is quite good at catching large insects, such as: stink bugs, wasps and yellow jackets. It is a great house plant, that can be grown outdoors in the warm weather with a minimal transition period. It is a good Nepenthes for beginners.
Plant Type: Perennial, tropical.
Soil: Live Sphagnum Moss or Nepenthes Mix.
Light: Bright indirect indoors, full to partial sun outdoors.
Use: Great house plant for the sunroom, window sill, terrarium, or greenhouse.