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Cephalotus follicularis
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Australian pitcher plant

Cephalotus follicularis is a small, low-growing, clump-formingcarnivorous plant. Non-carnivorous leaves produced in spring are flat, hairy and bright green whilst the pitcher-forming leaves are 2-4cm long and develop a dark red colour under bright sunlight or remain green in shadier conditions. The mouth of the pitcher is rimmed with 24 ribs or teeth. In summer a flower stem up to 60cm tall bears small white-pale green flowers

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Green
Summer Green White Red Green
Autumn Red Green
Winter Red Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Cephalotaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Cephalotus has just one species and is known as the West Australian Pitcher Plant. It produces small clumps of orange, red, maroon or black pitchers with a line of teeth on the rim of each pitcher.

Name status

Correct

Plant range
W Australia

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a nutrient-poor, acidic substrate and maintain temperatures between 5 and 32oC. See carnivorous plant cultivation for more information

Propagation

Propagate by seed, from root cuttings or leaf cuttings or by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

None required

Pests

Susceptible to scale insects

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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