@Gabriel: I think Judith Finn is an exception, as spathulata hybrids go; I find it homely and uninteresting like many do (I'll take a well-grown Ventrata over JF any day!). I have several N. spathulata hybrids and am very pleased with every single one of them. Even the couple that strongly resemble the species are quite attractive, and most are quite large and sturdy growers, with pitchers that last up to a full year in perfect condition! As a breeding species, it does have a lot to recommend it, IMO. A lot depends on what the other parent is. Take N. spathulata X jacquelineae for example:
And you saw N. Viscarla from the other day; you would be hard pressed to ID spathulata as the seed parent for that hybrid. And there is the beautiful cross of spathulata X boschiana:
That is an upper pitcher, which is mainly green with a striped peristome, but the lowers are marked with red, and a deep red peristome. Both stages are very handsome.
I really like N. spathulata X maxima too, even though it is considered a very "basic" hybrid by some, I find this extremely showy:
And as it ages:
I also have a plant of N. 'Helen' which is starting to make some impressive pitchers. Surely that is one of the most spectacular of the spathulata hybrids! (Link to BE's promo pic of the hybrid) So you can see that there are plenty of gorgeous spathulata hybrids out there, it's just that Judith Finn isn't one of them.