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A picture of a Monkey Cup Pitcher Plant

Monkey Cup Pitcher Plant

Nepenthes alata

Also known as

Monkey Jars, Carniverous Pitcher Plant

Photo by PlantPotJim (All rights reserved)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Monkey Cup Pitcher Plant

A close up of a green pitcher modified leaf on a Nepenthes alata plant
A Nepenthes alata pitcher plant in a pot
A close up of some green Nepenthes alata leaves

Monkey Cup Pitcher Plant Overview

Nepenthes alata is a tropical pitcher plant from the Nepenthaceae family. It varies greatly in its appearance, termed polymorphic, with pitcher colouring ranging from yellow-green to red. These pitchers are a form of modified leaf, specialised to capture insect prey and they can reach up to 25cm in length. Commonly known by the names Monkey Cup Pitcher Plant and Monkey Jars, it originates from the Philippines and it is half-hardy. Grow inside as a houseplant, this species is a good choice for beginners, it looks great in a hanging pot allowing the pitchers to trail over the edge. It is often hybridized with other pitcher plants in the same genus, such as the species Nepenthes ventricosa to form the hybrid Nepenthes × ventrata.

Special features of Monkey Cup Pitcher Plant

Attractive leaves

Attracts useful insects

Pot plant

Indoor plant