Producing a rosette of small, semi-recumbent pitchers that rely on rain to fill them with fluid to catch prey, this subspecies differs from ssp. venosa by having pitchers that are noticeably more narrow in proportion to their length. The upper part of the pitcher tends to be less bulbous and the hood is smaller. There can be considerable degrees of colour intensity evident in different plants, but invariably, newly opened pitchers tend to be predominantly green with some red veining, the red colouration becoming more predominant as they age. Pitchers can reach about 20cm in length on mature plants, occasionally larger depending on the clone and the conditions.
Left undisturbed, these can form very large clumps which can look particularly attractive in spring when they can produce an abundance of solitary flower stems.
Totally hardy in the U.K; indeed, there are several populations of these that have formed in various places in the British Isles following unscrupulous introduction efforts and in Ireland in particular it covers several acres in some locations. Therefore, it is best grown outdoors, however, it will grow satisfactorily in a cold greenhouse or similar.
These are seed-grown examples originating from plants grown from seed of a population naturalised in the North West of England.
Repot in THRIVE™ + the following size pot when applicable:
13cm > 20.5cm Decorative
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