Australian Pitcher Plant - PlantCephalotus follicularis
A Carnivorous Pitcher Plant from Oz!
A really lovely, low growing pitcher plant that originated in marshy climes in South Western Australia. This carnivorous plant is fairly easy to multiply so you can keep it going. It is however an endangered species in the wilds of Australia. Can be grown as you would other carnivorous plants like the America Sarracenia pitcher plant. As a houseplant, it's easy to care for. Give it a sunny spot out of the full glare of the midday sun.Show more
Show moreThe Australian carnivorous pitcher plant (Cephalotus follicularis) is an exceptional houseplant that will come to you in a pot. If you want to pot it up, follow these instructions. Use for best results rough cut turf, or a mix of soil that is not nutritious at all. Give it a wide, shallow planter with holes in the base. Add some of your medium, then plant the Cephalotus at the correct depth. Fill up with more soil and press the plant firmly in. Water generously right off. Stand the pot in a warm, light spot but do protect the foliage from direct sun. The pot should be on a tray/saucer of some sort, to catch drainage. The saucer should always have water in it while the plant is growing.
Show moreThe Australian carnivorous pitcher plant (Cephalotus follicularis) likes a limey soil so it will surely thank you is you use rain water to water it. Do water it from beneath, not on the actual plant at all. The potting compost should remain moist at all times as this was originally a marsh plant. The saucer under the pot is best kept full of water.
You shouldn't need to feed this plant, in fact too much of that can be bad for it. You can keep it slightly drier in the winter, preferably in an unheated room. The Australian carnivorous pitcher plant (Cephalotus follicularis) will likely then loose some leaf but will shoot up in the spring again no problem.
Show moreThis plant attracts small flying insects via its 'pitchers' which contain a type of fluid that is irresistible to them. Once they land in the pitcher, they can't escape as the inside is lined with tiny 'hairs'. They eventually of course die and fall into the fluid and drown. They are then digested by the enzymes in there, so feeding the plant. This process takes about 10 days and is occurs continually.