These are the real deal from our personal collection plants, and are nothing short of STUNNING when they have mature pitchers! The generic hybrid of Nepenthes lowii x ventricosa
has become more common in recent years. However, while these more common plants do exhibit some of the flaring lip of its lowii parent, N. 'Peter d'Amato' in our opinion is FAR superior! Since these are one specific clone of this HIGHLY sought-after plant, all of them are identical to the original. 'Peter d'Amato' exhibits a much more flaring, narrow-lipped peristome (pitcher lip) than most of the other clones - similar to its N. lowii
parent - and shows the characteristic hairs under the pitcher hood that accumulate large amounts of sugary nectar crystals, which are practically irresistable to animals in the wilds of Borneo! It also shows good candy-striping on the peristome on new pitchers, even on young plants...an added bonus (the main photo shows a new pitcher, and the second photo shows a more mature pitcher)! This one highly collected plant, and while you might see it on other nurseries' websites, they are almost never in stock. As with all our plants, these are shipped potted and ready to grow, not bareroot as you might find with many other suppliers. Get one here while we still even HAVE them!
For a little bit of taxonomic information about this hybrid, Nepenthes lowii is likely the one Nepenthes that even non-enthusiasts have seen; who can forget that wide flaring pitcher opening, like a 'toilet bowl of the rainforest'. It is HIGHLY sought-after by carnivorous plant lovers, but is also a slow-growing plant, and requires more specific conditions than many other easy-to-grow hybrid plants. But when you hybridize it with an easy plant like Nepenthes ventricosa, you get the toilet-bowl pitcher appearance on a plant that can be grown in a wider range of temperatures and conditions. This hybrid plant has been referred to in the past as 'Nepenthes x briggsiana'; however, this name is in error, as the 'x' in the name of a hybrid plant means it is a naturally-occurring hybrid. But these two species (lowii and ventricosa) do not grow in the same area, or even the same geographical region. Our larger plants do wonderfully in our greenhouse, where the summertime highs can reach 90 degrees!