Easy to Grow: Easy to Moderate.
Native Range: Swampy meadows in the highlands of Gran Sabana, Venezuela.
Heliamphora ciliata or the Lowland Sun Pitcher is quite unique among Heliamphora, in being the only lowland species of the genus. This means that it tolerates a much wider range of growing conditions, making it easier to grow than more typical Heliamphora. Technically, there is no "lowland" designation for Heliamphora. This is reserved for the Nepenthes. It is "submontane", more a geographic designation as this species grows at 3000 ft (900m) at the base of the tepuis in warmer, peaty, swampy meadows. No other Heliamphora species grows here. The name ciliata refers to the tuft of short white hairs on the back of the nectar spoon and along the pitcher midrib. It is a medium-sized, compact grower, producing dark red urn-shaped pitchers with small dark red nectar spoons, very similiar to H. minor. The pitchers are short, broad, and slightly sweet in fragrance. They can develop to a bright red in full sun. It forms nice clump colonies. The scent-less bell-shaped flowers are typically bright white and pink. They bloom anytime during the year. 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: 2"- 8".
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.