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 CephalotusIf 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.