Cephalotus Czech Giant

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Cephalotus Czech Giant

Ease to Grow: Moderate.
Dormancy: Yes.
Native Range: Sandy-peat wetlands of coastal southwestern Australia.
Zones: 10 (9-11).

Czech Giant Cephalotus follicularis, is a large clone of the Australian Pitcher Plant. It is a clone from plants obtained from a grower in the Czech Republic. In good conditions, when mature, it is usually larger than a typical Cephalotus with traps up to 3+ inches in length. It frequently grows to a dark red almost maroon color in bright light. As with other Cephalotus, it  is a unique compact carnivorous plant with numerous moccasin shaped traps forming a tight rosette or mass of traps.  Traps are often burgandy to dark maroon in full sun and greener in lower light. The hoods are thick and cup shaped with translucent windows, and frequently have red and white "stripes". They cover the small "mouth" which is lined with toothy looking ribbed lips that are often maroon or blackish in color. In its natural habitat grows in mediterrarian climates in coastal, damp, peat/sandy heathlands. They can tolerate a light frost. Flowers are small and inconspicous on long stems in late Spring. They are infrequent in cultivation, and seeds are even rarer. It likes being pot-bound, which actually encourages the formation of new plants from root buds. Root divisions and leaf cutting work. Root cuttings are easier.  It often grows with Drosera hamiltonii and Utricularia simplex. This selection comes from root cuttings and are identical to the parents. It is a remarkable and charming pitcher plant, growing well on the window sill, terrarium and greenhouse. Shipped bare-root, wrapped in sphagnum moss. It is recommended to have cephalotus plants shipped potted. See "Special Orders, Ship Plant Potted."

Height: 4+".
Plant Type: Perennial, mediterrarian.
Soil: Live Sphagnum Moss or Cephalotus Soil Mix.
Light: Bright indirect indoors, full to partial sun outdoors.
Use: Does well on the windowsill, in terrariums or greenhouse.

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