Many growers regard
Cephalotus follicularis, or the Australian
pitcher plant, as the crowning jewel of their collection. Its has small
tubby pitchers with a very menacing toothy peristome.
Cephalotus never does anything fast. It grows very slowly and can be a bit temperamental. They can tolerate high
daytime temperatures (up to 100°F) as long as they experience cool
nights (45° - 65°F). Be careful about overheating the roots, however.
Despite its fondness for mild temperatures, it does prefer a significant amount of direct sunlight. Plants given adequate sunlight will produce lots of pitchers. Color of pitchers range from green to dark purple, depending on the variety.
As a native to the southwestern coast of Australia, it can be grown
outdoors in very mild regions of the United States throughout the year.
Many growers in zone 9 regions report that they've kept their plants
outdoors throughout the year! Plants in our private collection have
successfully experienced snow and temperatures as low as 25°F for a couple days at a time.
Plants You Receive
Your plant will be shipped in a 4-inch pot. All plants were propagated
on-site from select mother plants (mixed clones) in our collection and are
well-established. The last two photos above are representative of the plants for sale.
Please watch the monthly video podcast
for examples of how your plant may look at this time of the year and important growing tips for the season.
Type of Plant
Tropical plant for indoor growing.
Size of Adult Plants
Adult plants can form a very large clump with multiple pitchers of 1-2 inches.
Very bright sunny windowsill with as much direct sunlight as possible. Can be grown outdoors in full sun during summer.
Use mineral-free water or water low in minerals (less than 50 parts per
million). Keep the soil damp, but never waterlogged. Allow the water
to drain through completely.
Use 1 part dried sphagnum moss and 1 part perlite. Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost.
70° - 85°F.
60° - 70°F. Tolerant of cooler nights, but not at all required.