Monkey jar

Nepenthes; Pitcher plant; Monkey cups

Why we love Jerry

Jerry is a fascinating, beautiful plant with an unusual secret. This extraordinary a carnivore.

Bright light
Drama queen
The patch promise

A good way to water him is to put him in the shower. A lukewarm drenching will mimic the downpours in his native jungle home.

Quick facts

Botanical name



Monkey jar; Pitcher plant; monkey cups

Air purifying


Plant height


Pet/Baby safe

Toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size


About Monkey jars

Let’s talk about it upfront. The Monkey jar is carnivorous. It likes to eat flies. Sounds a bit gruesome, but think of it as a kind of an attractive bug disposal system. Ideal in summer. It doesn’t need to eat insects to survive, but if one flies into one of its ‘jars’, it’s done for.

In the wild, the Monkey jar lives largely in rainforests across Asia. It climbs up trees or rocks, sometimes as high as 15 metres. The rims of its bulbous red jars are brightly coloured, to attract insects. Any foolish enough to land on it slip into the cup, and are slowly digested by the sticky liquid within.

When grown indoors, it likes to be reminded of home. If you can mimic its rainforest habitat - moist soil; humid air; lots of light - it will live quite happily, gobbling up any unwelcome bugs.

Did you know?

He earned the nickname Monkey jar because in the jungle monkeys like to drink from him.