Flower on my Nepenthes rafflesiana.
I am not sure why this flower did not develop into a long inflorescence as it does on my other Nepenthes plants.
|not very showy|
This Nepenthes, or pitcher plant grows well in a hanging pot in well draining mix of orchid bark and soil. It likes to be kept warm, in light shade and with high humidity, so when temperatures drop below 35F I bring it inside.
Nepenthes are not grown for their flowers but for the pitchers, those pitchers are heavily modified leaves.
Insects crawl into the pitchers searching for nectar. Once inside, the pitcher walls are too slippery for them to crawl back out. They drown in the liquid and digestive enzymes released by the plant do the rest.