Tropical Pitcher Nepenthes Sanguinea

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The Nepenthes sanguinea is a tropical pitcher plant native to Southeast Asia. It is known for its distinct and colorful pitchers, which are formed at the end of its long tendrils. These pitchers are designed to attract, trap, and digest insects, making this plant not only visually appealing but also a fascinating addition to any garden or indoor space.

The Nepenthes sanguinea is a low-maintenance plant that thrives in bright, indirect light and high humidity. It prefers well-draining soil and should be watered regularly to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. This plant also benefits from being fed insects occasionally to supplement its nutrient intake.

Whether you're an experienced plant collector or just starting out, the Nepenthes sanguinea is an excellent choice. With its unique beauty and carnivorous capabilities, this plant is sure to provide endless entertainment and intrigue. Order yours today and experience the wonder of this captivating plant for yourself!

A tropical pitcher plant native to parts of South East Asia, India, Madagascar, and Australia. Most are vines, but some remain compact in growth habit. The name "Monkey Cups" comes from monkeys occasionally drinking the fluid in the pitchers. The pitcher is actually a swelling of the mid-vein in the leaf. Ensure that the sphagnum moss is always kept moist. The pitchers should always have some water in them, so it is good to get some water in them while you're showering your plant, just make sure they are no more than 50% full of water. Failure to produce pitchers is an indication that the plant isn't receiving adequate light, water, or humidity. It requires a cold winter dormancy between November and February. Temperatures in their natural habitats regularly dip below freezing over winter (0°C / 32°F). During such temperatures, they may go into dormancy and revive and provide new growth in the Spring. No need to fertilize these beauties as they produce plenty on their own from trapping bugs and insects. 

These bog-loving plants do best when kept in a humid environment and only given distilled or rainwater.

Available in the following packaging based on your preference:

  • Nursery Pot - Standard plastic 2-inch planter pot that can be placed inside a larger pot or left as is until it outgrows it.
  • Olympia Planter - Marble-looking grey and white porcelain planter raised on a metal planter stand has a drainage hole.

If your plant needs added humidity, our Plant Mister would make a perfect addition to your plant shelf for both function and beauty.

Looking for more plant goodies? Check out our accessories.

Our plants are shipped from our indoor greenhouse in South Florida. Please note all our plants are one of a kind and if you want to message us we can send you a picture of the exact one you will receive. The product image here is intended to be the best representation of what you can expect to receive but yours may have slightly less or more growth depending on the crop we have when your order is placed. Any lifestyle pictures are meant to demonstrate how a fully grown or more mature plant looks for you to get a sense of it in your space.

About the Plant
Botanical Name
Nepenthes x Sanguinea
Common Names
Pitcher plant, monkey cups, tropical pitcher plant,
Plant Type
Herbaceous with perennial lifecycle
Mature Size
6 to 9 inches tall; Can spread 6 to 9 inches
Sun Exposure
Can handle full sun to partial shade
Soil Type
Swamp like, poor drainage, kept moist - sphagnum moss is our preferred one
Soil pH
Acidic loving
Bloom Time
Generally around May to June but also seen some go into September in Florida.
Flower Color
White flowers
Hardiness Zones
Zone 10-11 can also do well indoors with humidity and correct lighting
Native Area
Southeast Asia
Shipping & Returns

All our plants ship exclusively with UPS to ensure they arrive timely and in good condition. We ship most of our plants Mondays & Tuesdays to most of the USA to ensure they arrive speedy to your location. If you order on a Tuesday after 12 PM ET it is possible that we would not ship it till the following Monday.

We monitior the weather in each destination location to maximize the shipping time and utilize thermal protection to ensure that the plant is protected. You can add a heatpack or thermal bag to your order if temperatures at night fall below 40 degrees.

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Customer Reviews

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bobbi (Scranton, US)

I came back after I bought a pitcher plant last year and got one of every species they offer. Love these little big killers!