But ampullaria pitchers are lovely with their wide lips and narrow lids. There are two sorts of pitchers; aerial pitchers and basal ones. The aerial pitchers are cute enough, but the basal pitchers have the X factor.
They are like nice surprises; like an unexpected gift under the Christmas tree.
I used to think there were just two forms of ampullaria; the green and the red. And I started off buying the green one; not out of choice but because it was the only one available then.
Then I realized that CPs were unlike regular garden plants. What other plants thrive on spell disaster to them.
My next ampu was also a green one; and the third as well.
Then someone gave me a pot of ampullaria hot lips! It doesn’t take much of an imagination to conjure a pair of pouting scarlet lips.
Then I discovered how myopic I had been.
There were other ampullaria – red pitchers with pink lips, red with yellow lips, green with red lips, speckled with red lips, red with striped lips…
There were also ampullarias that had three colours, ampullarias which were a pink blush, those which were heavily blotched with rich dark colours …
The list goes on.
Of these, the Singapore Gardentech is perhaps the most outstanding with its startling red pitchers but then it isn’t a pure ampullaria having been crossed with the nepenthes ventricosa.
I would love to have a name for each of my ampullaria, but it’s also all right if I never found out.
Care and cultivation: mix of peat moss, pine bark, sand and perlite; moss topping; bright light, slightly shielded from the hot afternoon sun; water generously; take extra care when transplanting as there could be basal pitchers beneath the surface