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In addition to the use of lubricating secretions and downward-pointing hairs common to all North American pitcher plants to force their prey into the trap, this species carefully hides the tiny exit hole from trapped insects by curling it underneath and offering multiple translucent false exits. Upon trying many times to leave via the false exits, the insect will tire and fall down into the trap. The slippery walls and hairs prevent the trapped prey from escaping. The only other species that utilizes this technique is the Parrot Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia psittacina.
Heliamphora nutans is a highland plant preferring consistently cool and humid conditions, and loose well drained soil. It is native to several Venezuelan Tepuis including: Mount Roraima, Kukenan, Yuruani, and Wei Assipu. In cultivation, these plant do well in a terrarium in an air-conditioned room with bright indirect light.
Heliamphora can be grown very well in a cool, humid greenhouse but they do require very bright light.
This carnivorous plant is widespread in eastern USA and Canada. It grows to only 6 in (15 cm) in height. The pitchers are usually green with purple tints and the lid stands erect. The flowers appear in spring; they are purple or greenish purple. These moderately to fully frost-hardy plants need sun or part-shade and moist, peaty soil. During the growth period they need to be kept very wet, and cool and moist in winter. Propagate from seed or by division in spring. Can be grown as a marginal and bog plant.
Carnivorous aquatic (marginal) plant. A must to have for every pond.