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Cephalotus is a beautiful and unique carnivorous pitcher plant from Australia, splashed with striking patterns, red accents and some almost transparent areas in the hoods of the pitchers. A valued addition to any carnivorous plant collection. Plant information including Cephalotus sizes.

Please be aware that young Cephlaotus are extremely small plants, usually between one-half inch and one inch in total diameter. Potted plants are shipped in our preferred potting medium of New Zealand long fiber sphagnum.


Cephalotus follicularis, like Dionaea muscipula (the Venus Flytrap) is the only species in its genus, a unique plant very different from any other pitcher plant in the world. Native to just a small coastal area of southwestern Australia, Cephalotus follicularis with its bizarrely shaped and very colorful pitcher-shaped leaves is prized by growers and collectors of carnivorous plants all over the world.

Important Information about Cephalotus

If you are unfamiliar with Cephalotus, they are relatively small plants. The young plants can have pitchers no more than 1/4 inch for months before growing a fully-formed adult-shaped pitcher that is perhaps 2-3 times as large as the tiny juvenile pitchers, but still perhaps only 1/2 to 3/4 inch. Cephalotus are conservative-growing plants, meaning that they usually concentrate on the support structure (the roots) more than the leafy growth, at least until they are fairly mature, which can take 1 and a half or 2 years. The plant puts a lot of its energy into forming a very dense, multibranched root system, and then puts out growth in surprising spurts as its root system can accommodate it. However, Cephalotus are notoriously balky about being disturbed, and may sulk (in a manner of speaking) and not grow much for a few weeks after transplanting or shipping. This adjustment period in which Cephalotus attempts to become comfortable in its new conditions can last from 2-3 weeks up to perhaps 6-8 weeks. When fully mature (after a couple years or so) a healthy Cephalotus will produce pitchers often 2-3 inches from bottom of pitcher to top of open pitcher lid. But they do require time, patience and good care to reach their full potential.

Customer Reviews 26 item(s)

Great product
I bought one of these from the fly trap store a few years ago, it’s doing very well, and I have to give props for the dirt cheap price compared to other carnivorous nurseries where you easily pay double this price for a typical variety cephalotus.
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Review by Brad / (Posted on 9/9/2018)
good product
got this plant last year, still growing and looks great.
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Review by garrison / (Posted on 10/25/2017)
Wonderful plants.
All i have to say is fly trap store is amazing! Great products great staff. I ordered 2 cephalotus plants for myself and had my mom admire my plants and say how beautiful they are. So now i am ordering another on due to the fact she went home with one. Thank you so much.
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Review by Greenman / (Posted on 1/19/2017)
Perfect! Love you Guys!
5 STARS! Came in earlier than expected, was packaged AMAZINGLY, and I love the note they wrote me ;) Definately will be coming back to order from them again!
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Review by Luke / (Posted on 12/9/2016)
Mother of plants
Perfect. I can't wait to watch them grow! I am slightly addicted to predatory plants :) Thanks again!!
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Review by Tressa / (Posted on 6/27/2016)
Awesome purchase
Ceph came packed very securely and I had no issues unpacking it, like I normally do with prepotted plants. It's very very well/cleanly potted and looks extremely healthy. It's even better than I thought it could be. Thanks so much.
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Review by Sean U. / (Posted on 6/22/2016)
Very pleased with my purchase, Flytrap store was generous enough to send me 3 small mounds of healthy green pitchers. Not one dead pitcher in sight. They came in perfect condition, shipping was fast and packaging was professional and expert.
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Review by Gambit00 / (Posted on 6/6/2016)
Amazing. They were a bit small but really healthy. They have been coloring up really good. Would recommend.
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Review by altemar / (Posted on 8/10/2015)
Can't go wrong buying from Matt
Got two growth points from this plant. It's been almost two week snd the plant is acclimated and started growing again. Super healthy, fast service, quality plant, and AMAZING PRICE. Plus, the free pot is awesome :)
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Review by Ps3isawesome / (Posted on 3/17/2015)
The whole clump of pitchers also known as "young plant" were the size of a dime. Very small, just like the description said. I am not mad, or upset- I'm just happy i got my hands on one. FLYTRAPSTORE don't regularly have these available so i jumped on it. The plant was put outside in full sun here in Riverside, California once it arrived. The ceph is doing amazing! Growing noticeably fast and healthy just as i expected coming from this website. I will always purchase my carnivores from here- hands down. I just expected more from my young plant. . .A+
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Review by Julio Francisco / (Posted on 8/8/2014)
ALL the tiny pitchers arrived green and well packaged. Survived a four hour wait in my mailbox in Texas with an ambient air temp of 93. Great care was taken and pitchers are still alive days later, very pleased. Will be ordering MUCH more from you guys, awesome company!
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Review by Ian / (Posted on 6/6/2014)
Great Plant!!
I received this two days after it was shipped and it was in great condition!
It's a hefty clump of pitchers with THREE growth points! I am definitely going to purchase here again!!
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Review by SinJin / (Posted on 8/26/2013)
Great service and awesome timing.
I love it!
This is the first Ceph that I have ordered. It got here quickly and in excellent condition. Tons of little pitchers and all look healthy. Very happy with my order, as always. This company will most definitely have me as a customer for a long time in the foreseeable future.
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Review by Aaron / (Posted on 8/26/2013)
Excellent Plant!!!
This plant is beautiful! It was shipped amazingly and got here in 3 days!!! I cannot thank flytrap store for shipping this delicate little plant so well. When I received my ceph. it was a little 2 inch mound of little pitchers and non carnivorous leaves, I cant wait to see it grow! Thankyou so much! ~ Noah
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Review by Noah / (Posted on 8/17/2013)
I got this Cephalotus for my birthday in July this year.
It arrived as a 2" mound of little plantlets filling the center of the pot.
All the pitchers were immature.
By now, the ENTIRE surface of the pot is covered by the plants in the pot and they all have little mature pitchers around 1.5 cm long!
I cannot believe how fast this has grown!
I've taken 5 leaf pullings by now and one has started to grow!
I highly recommend this plant to ANYONE who wants one!

Great job Matt!!
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Review by Alexander (aka bananaman) / (Posted on 11/20/2012)
i ordered a yound adult ceph from the fts. oh my gosh! it looks great! i couldnt be more please with my ceph. i am getting to be somewhat of a ceph enthusiast and this plant is great. thanks again FTS!!!
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Review by hardrockercp / (Posted on 6/21/2012)
Excellent beatiful cephs
I received 2 seperate orders of cephs and they are perfect. Fast shipping even though my post office is weak. Really worth it and I won't order from anyone else. Im addicted to my monster plants now!
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Review by Laurie T / (Posted on 3/16/2012)
Beautiful Plants
This was my first order from FlytrapStore. My Cephalotus arrived 24 hours after the Postal Service had the package listed as "Out for Delivery" so I was concerned to say the least. The plants were packed so well they still looked like they were in good shape, time will tell if the extra day will be detrimental. Regardless the outcome, beautiful plant with nice pitchers that look ready to feed. Great communication, including a personal handwritten note (Nice touch). I will be ordering again soon! Thank you!
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Review by Greg / (Posted on 1/24/2012)
Very Pleased
This was my first order form the flytrap store. My order was shipped the same day I ordered it and received it within two days. It was pack so nicely, that I don't think it moved once. The plant looked healthy and was exactly as described if not better. I highly recommend buying from here. I'm looking forward to my next purchase. Thank you! (Originally posted November 3, 2011.)
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Review by Jason / (Posted on 1/5/2012)
I ordered a young Ceph on Saturday, and Matt kindly e-mailed me to inform me that it would be shipping that same day. It arrived on Monday, 2 days later, which was amazingly fast. The plant was exceptionally packed and seemed as if it came straight from a nursery. It has 12+ little pitchers and is doing great. You can't beat the price, service, and quality from Matt and Steve! Thank you both.

* A note for people ordering a Ceph (Matt can correct me if I'm wrong) -- I believe he grows the Cephs in a terrarium under lights. Because of this, I'd suggest slowly acclimating young Cephs if you plan to put them outside. It may do fine without it - I threw a mature one outside as a test and it wasn't phased, but I think it's better safe than sorry (at least with young ones).

(Note added by Steve-- Although Matt sometimes grows some Cephalotus in a terrarium, the prepotted Cephalotus we sell have been acclimated to greenhouse conditions with light and temperature variations that are somewhat more gentle than outdoor conditions. It's important not to overwater Cephalotus. It's safer to keep them on the drier side with the medium moist but not too wet all the time. The pitchers will close when conditions become too dry, which is an indication that the Cephalotus wants and needs watering, which should be thorough but not too frequent. Cephs do better when protected from midsummer sun on very hot days.)
(Originally posted October 25, 2011.)
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Review by Nicholas / (Posted on 1/5/2012)
Excellent buy
Cephalotus Follicularis has got to be my favorite plant of all time. Received my ceph only a couple days after placing my order. Matt and Steve had absolutely excellent correspondence via email when setting up my order (potted).

It's still very small, but was ready-to-go/grow right out of the box. I just hope it gets enough sunlight in my South facing window! Excellent buy and I'll be returning soon for more plants. Hopefully one day they may carry some of the larger strains of Cephalotus. (Originally posted September 30, 2011.)
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Review by fonz1000 / (Posted on 1/5/2012)
Would be a great value at twice the price!
Plants arrived quickly and well packed. There really wasn't an acclimation period as I noticed new growth within a week. I will never buy another carnivorious plant without checking FlyTrapStore.com sells it first.
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Review by Mike / (Posted on 1/5/2012)
Ceph from Matt, amazing!
I ordered a ceph back in february, and like the Heli i bought, the Ceph appeared ready to grow, and without any single sign of shock!

The packing is strongly excepcional, and the plant comes very secure!

I give this a 100 stars!

Thanks Matt and Steve! :)
(Originally posted June 28, 2011.)
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Review by jht-union / (Posted on 1/5/2012)
Healthy, Lots of pitchers
Most this size go for 40-50 bucks on other websites. -1 star because I wasn't actually sure what size it would be and I figured it might be just a tad bit bigger. Young potted had about 3 1/2 inch pitchers and 10 3/8 inch pitchers.

Was shipped VERY well.
(Originally posted May 31, 2011.)
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Review by bigred / (Posted on 1/5/2012)
How do you guys do it? Best I could find (even better than most sites representative pictures)
Was large, wonderful, and colorful, a bit pricey, but even with this size it was the cheapest I could find! This is a great product. (Originally posted May 30. 2011.)
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Review by The best and the cheapest / (Posted on 1/5/2012)
Ordered day of release, very happy!
I was the first to order this beautiful plant, and am glad I did! I got a large Cephalotus with about 30 immature pitchers! Within weeks, it was putting out "teethy" pitchers, and now it has 5 mature pitchers. Give this plant time and watch it grow! You won't be disappointed :D (Originally posted May 30, 2011.)
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Review by Daniel Teeling aka. dantt99 / (Posted on 1/5/2012)