Nepenthes alata, is a medium size, robust growing carnivorous tropical pitcher plant with good sized, 8" green pitchers, tinted red with speckles. Traps are almost cylindrical in the upper half, and stout and rounded, in the lower half. There are pretty, serrated wings along the ant trail. The lid is wide and usually red, but can be green. It has a glandular crest beneath the lid. It is common throughout the Phillipines, growing in the open or shade, among grasses and shrubs. It is heat tolerant and does well in a window. It is quite good at catching large insects, such as: stink bugs, wasps and yellow jackets. It is a great house plant, that can be grown outdoors in the warm weather with a minimal transition period. It is a good Nepenthes for beginners.