Easy to Grow: Moderate to Challenging.
Native Range: Summits and cliffs of the cool Tepuis of Northeastern South America.
Heliamphora puchella or the Beautiful Sun Pitcher is a low, compact grower with classic hip-shaped urns. It is a highly adaptable plant and the size and color can vary, but is pitchers and nectar spoons are typically dark red. They can develop an orange-red tint in less light and dark purple, nearly black in full sun. The pitchers are slightly sweet in fragrance. It forms dense colonies in full sun. The scent-less bell-shaped flowers are typically pink and red. They bloom anytime during the year. H. puchella is a highland plant preferring consistently cool and humid conditions, and loose well-drained soil, but is very adaptable. It is widespread among the many Tepuis of the Chimanta Massif of Gran Sabana. In cultivation, these plant do well in a terrarium in an air-conditioned room with bright indirect light. Fluorescent plant lights with timers on 14 hours/day, with seasonal variations are recommended.
Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.
Height: 3"- 5".
Plant Type: Perennial, cool semi-tropical.
Soil: Nepenthes Mix works well.
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, full sun to partial sun outdoors.
Use: Grows well in terrariums and cool greenhouses.