Greenhouse Plant of the Month: Bloody Mary | Nepenthes ampullaria x (spectabilis x ventricosa)

The Bloody Mary is a grandiose, hybrid perennial pitcher plant with an attractive red hue. The pitcher works as a trapping mechanism for the plant as it is carnivorous and eats insects such as stink bugs, wasps, and yellow jackets. The parent species are native to tropical Malaysia, making this hybrid species well-suited for warm weather. This plant does well outdoors in full to partial sun or on brightly lit window sills. This tropical plant is also quite easy to care for since it is a fast grower and can reach a height of 18 feet!


About the Bloody Mary Plant

This plant is created from a female parent from the Nepenthes Ampullaria species and a male parent from the Nepenthes spectabilis x ventricosa species, which is also a cross breed between Nepenthes ventricosa and Nepenthes spectabilis. Nepenthes ampullaria is native to Zones 8 to 11, while the Nepenthes spectabilis x ventricosa is native to Zones 6 to 12, which allows the Bloody Mary plant to have such a wide temperature tolerance.


Stop by the Greenhouse at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park to view this thriving pitcher plant!