Cephalotus follicularis

Cephalotus follicularis

Australian pitcher plant

  • Botanical name: Cephalotus follicularis
  • Common name: Australian pitcher plant
  • Family: Cephalotaceae
  • Plant Type: Conservatory, House plant, Perennial
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Australian pitcher plant, Cephalotus follicularis, is a fantastic looking, small pitcher plant, perfect for cultivating on a windowsill. It bears rosettes of two types of leaves: one flat and long, the other shaped into a thumb-sized, toothed, insect-trapping pitcher.


The only plant in its genus, it’s favoured by collectors. It can be tricky to grow, however, requiring slightly drier soils than pitchers in the Sarracenia genus. For best results grow in a moist but not boggy, humus-rich medium such as peat, mixed with perlite and sphagnum moss, on a sunny windowsill. For a peat-free alternative try using a mixture of leafmould, perlite and coir.


Cephalotus follicularis can also be grown in a terrarium or even in a greenhouse, to control insect pests. Hot daytime temperatures and cool night-time temperatures are key to its survival.

How to grow Cephalotus follicularis

  • Plant size

    10cm height

    10cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Cephalotus follicularis and wildlife

Cephalotus follicularis has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Cephalotus follicularis poisonous?

Cephalotus follicularis has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Cephalotus follicularis