N. lowii X veitchii
purchase date: 2 / 06
arrived as a size 3
plant origin: Exotica Plants
photo taken:  7 / 06

Nepenthes lowii X veitchii is a hybrid between two highlanders. This is the reverse cross of N. veitchii X lowii that has been around for a while. I have a feeling that this Exotica Plants cross will be a must for the collection. At the time I got this plant it wasn't on their list but I remembered hearing about it. So I was fortunate that Exotica had some available for me. I've found that it is a typical growing highlander that takes its time to grow. I grow it and the reverse hybrid in full sun with success. It seems to be an easy going hybrid that I wish would grow just a little faster because the pitchers are extremely colorful. My reverse cross is quite a bit larger than the plant above and it hasn't produced any of the N. lowii uppers yet. Since the female parent was N. veitchii it may not produce such flared uppers. I'm hoping that in the new releases with N. lowii being the female parent that I may get more N. lowii uppers. Time will tell.These plants will go fast and larger versions will definitely be very pricey so get one while getting is good because some of Exotica Plants' best hybrids go quickly only to double or triple in price a year later if you're lucky to find one.

highlander (not a naturally occurring hybrid)

Cultivation: easy outdoors as a typical highlander; can tolerate high light levels, slow to moderate grower
Market availability: size 3, limited
Species variability: some among the different seed grown plants
$ / size: expensive; $50.00 and up
Cuttings: none available for trade
Sex: unknown