Easy to Grow: Challenging.
Native Range: Summits of the cool Tepuis of Northeastern South America.
Heliamphora nutans or the Nodding Sun Pitcher is medium height, with orange-red tinted, green urn-shaped pitchers with small circular dark red nectar spoons. The traps are short and broad with a pronounced hip. They are slightly sweet in fragrance. H. nutans prefers light shade and growth can be stunted in full sun. It divides regularly and forms loose clumps. The scent-less bell-shaped flowers are typically red and pink, and tend to nod over on tall scapes. They bloom anytime during the year. H. nutans is a highland plant preferring consistently cool and humid conditions, and loose well drained soil. It is native to several Venezuelan Tepuis including: Mount Roraima, Kukenan, Yuruani, and Wei Assipu. 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. H. nutans was the first species of Heliamphora to be discovered-Robert Schomburgk in 1838.
Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.
Plant Type: Perennial, cool semi-tropical.
Soil: Nepenthes Mix works well.
Light: Partial bright indoors, light shade outdoors.
Use: Grows well in terrariums and cool greenhouses.