This is a highly vigorous hybrid, with many of the best characteristics of both species; and these are guaranteed to be female too! It combines the durability and super-easy care of its Nepenthes ventricosa parent with the wonderfully speckled pitchers and candy-striped peristome of its Nepenthes spectabilis parent. Also, Borneo Exotics used their form of Nepenthes spectabilis from North Sumatra (a superlative plant in both color AND contrast!) to produce the original seed-grown plants, This female that we've had for many years is one of the best we've seen...definitely superior plants. These are a wonderful choice as a gift! All our plants are shipped potted to reduce stress, ready to grow and enjoy, not bareroot as you might find with some other suppliers.