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Heliamphora nutans

South American pitcher plant

H. nutans is a carnivorous perennial to 45cm tall.Pitchers to 30cm tall and 10cm wide at the lip are formed fromcone-shaped green leaves shaded red. Nodding white flowers with red bractsare borne on stems in spring

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Red
Summer Green Red
Autumn Green Red
Winter Green Red
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Sarraceniaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen or Semi evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Heliamphora are a genus of 23 species of plants known as sun pitchers. They attract, trap and kill insects and also control the amount of water in their pitchers.

Name status

Unresolved

Plant range
Northern S America

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How to grow

Cultivation

Plant in sphagnum moss with sand, perlite or pumice. Maintain high humidity and good air circulation and keep temperatures between 16-27oC. Expose to as much light as possible in winter but provide shade from the mid-day sun in summer. See carnivorous plant cultivation for further details

Propagation

Propagate by seed; scatter seed on sphagnum moss and keep in bright light and humid conditions. Propagate by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
Pruning

None required

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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