Heliamphora Profile

Written by Joy

Nov 06 2020

Heliamphora Profile

Heliamphora is an insectivorous plant. There are 9 species and numerous subspecies, varieties and artificially cultivated species, all of which are herbs. The leaves of Heliamphora are very peculiar and interesting. Some are tubular, some are trumpet-shaped, and some are pot-shaped. People use the name of the bottle and collectively call them Sarracenia. The insect-catching bottle is lying in the grass or standing upright. These bottle-shaped leaves are traps for insects. Heliamphora is very beautiful. The bottle-shaped leaves form a circle like a rosette. In spring, a long flower scape protrudes from it. A red flower that hangs down like small bowl blooms at the top of the flower scape. Heliamphora is produced in North America, such as the East Coast of the United States, Texas, the Great Lakes region, and southern Canada and Georgia.

Heliamphora morphological characteristics

The plants of Heliamphora are perennial herbs with creeping rhizomes and many fibrous roots; the leaf base forms rosette-like leaf clusters, the leaves are bottle-shaped, trumpet-shaped or tubular. The bottle-shaped leaves have a sac with smooth openings and honey. Gland, which secretes sweet honey to attract insects to come and fall into the sac. The sac has a smooth wall and contains digestive juice, which can secrete digestive enzymes to decompose the insects, and then the glands composed of parenchyma cells on the inner wall are decomposed Proteolytic enzymes absorb it; in addition, Heliamphora grows sword-shaped leaves in autumn and winter. These leaves have no insect-trapping sacs and are only used to produce nutrients through photosynthesis.
The flowers of Heliamphora are bisexual. The inflorescence is drawn from the base of the leaf. It is a loose raceme composed of several large flowers. The flower core is composed of 1 helmet-like stigma, 3 to 5 compartments of the ovary and 50 to 80 stamens. It is composed of yellow-green or dark red flowers, with 5 sepals, located below the petals. The fruit is a capsule, which contains many small seeds, which automatically crack and pop out when mature.

Heliamphora growth habit and growing environment and distribution

Heliamphora is native to South America and grows in saline-alkali barren wasteland areas, lowland marshes, and wet grasslands. Heliamphora grows from the end of flowering until late autumn. In late autumn, the bottle begins to wither and the plant grows sword-shaped leaves that do not have the function of replenishing insects. As there are fewer insects in winter and the weather turns cold, it also reduces the metabolism and other functions of the plant. At this time, it is not cost-effective to spend energy on the insect leaf. The sword-shaped leaf is a more economical choice.
Heliamphora is distributed from the Canadian Labrador Peninsula close to the Arctic Circle to the Atlantic coast of the Florida Peninsula in the southeastern corner of the United States. Including the U.S. Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, South Carolina and Georgia are also distributed.

Heliamphora cultivation

Materials and pots

The native land of Heliamphora plants is mainly peat bogs and wetlands with thin ridges, which are kept wet all year round. Therefore, for artificially planting Heliamphora, the first choice should be live white sphagnum moss, followed by dry white sphagnum, which can be directly used as plant material after absorbing water. In addition, peat soil can also be directly used for planting Sarracenia. If you can mix 1/3 of the acidic coarse sand in it to facilitate the ventilation of its roots, it will have a better effect. It is worth noting that the purple Heliamphora (S. purpurea) grows in the slightly alkaline marshland in its original place. Therefore, it is better for the plant material to be slightly alkaline. The method is to add an appropriate amount of cooked powder or clamshell powder to the white sphagnum moss and adjust the pH value from 4 to 5 to about 6 for direct application.
In terms of cultivation pots, as Heliamphora needs a little soaking in water to grow better, it is better to choose a half waist water pot for planting. This kind of pot is rare in the market, so you can make it yourself. The method is to put a daffodil pot on the ordinary unburned red brick pot or plastic pot. The key is that the daffodil pot should be in the upper half of the planting pot. So that the water leaked after watering is immersed in the waist of the planting pot. In addition, potted plants of Sarracenia are generally planted in hanging pots or plastic pots. After buying back, choose a lumbar water dish for them, which will be very beneficial to cultivate Heliamphora after the mouth.


To successfully plant Heliamphora, it is very important to understand the temperature required. Generally, the temperature required for Heliamphora in summer should be 21-35C, and 1.7-713 in winter is more appropriate. It is worth noting that all Sarracenia plants are resistant to light frost. Therefore, artificial cultivation does not need to be moved into the greenhouse in winter, except in extreme cold.

Watering and humidity

Heliamphora is a wet carnivorous plant that can grow in the wild for many years in the swamp. Therefore, it needs an extremely humid environment for its growth to flourish. Under artificial cultivation conditions, if you use waist-water jacketed pots for planting, you can directly pour water into the jacketed pots or until the jacketed pots are full. For example, when planting in a leaky ordinary flower pot, keep watering and spraying once a day during the vigorous growth season to create high humidity environmental conditions, especially in hot summer, the watering frequency can be appropriately increased to 2 times to compensate The hot sun quickly evaporates the lack of water. When Heliamphora is dormant in winter, watering can be controlled and the plant material in the pot can be kept slightly moist.


In natural habitats, Heliamphora thrives in full and direct sunlight. Keeping its underground soil cool under full sunlight is very beneficial to its growth. But in the dormant period, the light can be reduced to a minimum or sleep in a completely dark environment. Therefore, the artificially cultivated Heliamphora should be exposed to sunlight for 6-8 hours a day. If there is insufficient light, the potted Heliamphora will become dull and elongated, and the original bright red color of the plant will disappear and turn dark green.


In the wild, Heliamphora grows in barren marshes and uses its insect sac to trap insects as supplementary nutrients for absorption. In the artificial cultivation environment, although there are many sources of insects, in order to make the potted Heliamphora grow up quickly, regular fertilization is essential. Generally speaking, in the period of vigorous growth, fertilization should be done every 3 to 4 weeks. The application method can be spray or leaching, or the diluted liquid fertilizer can be poured into the insect sac for absorption. When someone cultivates Heliamphora, they manually grab some dead insects and put them in their traps for supplementary nutrient absorption. What's more, the minced pork or beef cubes are put into the insect-trapping sac, thinking that they can be digested and absorbed. In fact, this is counterproductive. Not only the effect of supplementing nutrients is not achieved, but also due to the rot of the meat. Withered early, that is, a large hole was corroded by rotten meat. The fertilization concentration of Sarracenia is generally 2000-5000 times. The application of a thinner liquid fertilizer is beneficial to the rapid absorption of Heliamphora plants, especially when the liquid fertilizer is poured into the insect sac, pay more attention to the concentration. Once Heliamphora reaches the winter dormant period, fertilization can be stopped until the spring warmth returns to life in the coming year.