The most EPIC carnivorous-birthday-summer giveaway EVER!

Happy summer, everyone! This is my favorite season because 1) I love the heat. California girl 100%! 2) everything is growing awesomely and 3) the summer solstice (June 21) falls on my birthday! I turned 21 for the sixth time (haha) last Sunday and have been having an amazing week being spoiled by family and friends.

But I truly love giving more than receiving, so it’s time for a long-overdue GIVEAWAY! This is the biggest giveaway I’ve done so far! Let’s dive into it!


Prize #1

is one of the best-sellers in my shop! An 11-oz Cephalotus coffee mug! Sorry, the Sarracenia is not included. Current giveaway on! Click to enter!


Devon and Zachary  really seem to love their mugs! I love mine!  I’m sure you will love yours too! You can sip your tea, coffee, whiskey, what have you, while admiring your carnivorous plant collection. But we as carnivorous plant people always need more! Which brings us to….


is a young, potted Venus flytrap! Not just any potted flytrap, but one in a gorgeous Japanese-styled ceramic cup I found and drilled a hole into!

Here is a shot from a previous post. This is the exact plant you will receive!

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Here is a more recent shot (taken June 16th). Look how its grown!

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Ah yes, now you can drink from your Cephalotus mug while admiring your new plant in its pretty pot… but you must have more! In fact, you’re considering getting an actual Cephalotus, or maybe even a Heliamphora! But you’re not sure if your conditions are right. You need a resource, such as….

Prize #3

is a copy of Natch Greyes’ Cultivating Carnivorous Plants! This copy is signed by the author and includes a personal note. Click here to read my review!

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My favorite reading spot! Need those pillows? Click the image!


Ah, there we go! Now you’re set! Drink your favorite beverage out of your cephalotus mug, admire your collection and new plant, while thumbing though your new book and admiring all the photos! All three prizes will go to one lucky winner!

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All of this can be yours…

And I maybe, probably will throw some extra mystery things in the box, like recently harvested Drosera seeds! I’m not sure what exactly, so be prepared for extra surprises if you win!

Of course, I do have to mention some rules (womp womp). Please read the following carefully! 

1. Because I am shipping a live plant, this giveaway is open to US residents only.  I’m sorry, non-Americans! Rest assured, I will balance this out with an internationally open giveaway in the future!

2. This giveaway is open from now through July 1. Giveaway closes July 2nd at midnight PST.

3. I will contact the randomly selected winner via the email address they provide through the entry form. The winner will have 24 hours to respond. If they do not respond, that person will be disqualified and I will contact another randomly selected winner.

That’s really it! Please submit your entries through the form below and best of luck to all who enter! I hope this kicks off a fabulous summer growing season for all of you! 😀 Thank you for your readership and support!
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If you have any questions, do not hesitate to leave me a comment or send an email to maria @! 


  1. Julien says:

    Haha, if I get the mug the first thing im doing is drinking a nice cup of coffee, great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity!

  2. Patrick says:

    Great giveaway! If I win the mug I’m totally going to drink a nice cup of 1st flush Darjeeling tea.

  3. Adrian Jennings says:

    Merry Birthday Maria!

    Awesome giveaway thanks so much.After reading your book review I may have buy a copy even if I don’t win.

  4. Eric Nguyen says:

    Doing it for the mug. 🙂 Not gonna lie, will probably be drinking apple juice or milk out of it… I promise I’m not a child.

  5. Kat says:

    Honestly, the first thing I’d drink out of the mug would probably be coffee the morning after it arrived. Though I do use mugs for a lot of things, not just coffee: soup, ice cream, etc. They’re more fun than bowls.

  6. Tim says:

    That’s a great book, I’d love to have a personal copy. As for that beautiful mug, It’d probably be orange juice.

  7. My says:

    Happy birthday! Beautiful photos of the prizes and great book review! Your artwork are so nice. Did you go to art school?

  8. Mitch says:

    Happy birthday, mine is in June as well. I’m happy for the chance to drink some water out of that mug but I have to admit I’m way more excited about the book.

    • Maria says:

      Thanks, Mitch! Happy birthday to you as well! And the book is excellent, I’m sure you’ll love it!

  9. Paige says:

    Awesome giveaway, Maria! Crossing my fingers for that gorgeous mug, it would make morning tea that much more enjoyable. Good luck, everyone! 😀

  10. Elin says:

    Hello from /r/savagegarden! This is awesome! Thanks for doing a giveaway. As for what I’d drink first, probably a nice tea. 🙂

    • Maria says:

      Hi Elin! Thank you for entering, fellow savage-gardening redditor! Apparently lots of carnivore growers are also tea drinkers!

  11. Kristine says:

    The mug is epically awesome- I would christen it in with a nice cup of coffee (possibly spiked with some Bailey’\s).

  12. Catherine says:

    If I won the giveway, I would drink a cool glass of whiskey ginger thyme lemonade made especially for that mug. It’s too pretty not to drink something fancy!

  13. geoffrey says:

    Great giveaway. Thank you so much for your incredible blog! I’ll take my morning coffee in cephalotus if you please. Cheers!

  14. April L says:

    What a great giveaway. If I win the mug; I will not be drinking out of it, since you already drill a hole in it.

    • Maria says:

      Thanks for entering, April! To be clear, I did not drill a hole in the Cephalotus mug! It’s still very drink out-able! I drilled a hole in a container that the Venus flytrap is in. 🙂

  15. victoria says:

    How kind of you to give all these lovely things away! If I win, the first drink I’ll enjoy would be a nice piping hot espresso! Thanks for your consideration.

    • Maria says:

      Thanks for entering, Victoria! I really do love to give. 🙂 Mmmm, that would be a big mug of espresso!

  16. hcarlton says:

    That book alone is interesting enough to enter for, I’ve heard good reviews about it, but I also really like that mug! If I win, the first thing in it will probably be raspberry zinger tea….

    • Maria says:

      Yes, it’s a great book! But I can’t help but over-deliver. 😉 Thanks for entering, Hawken!

  17. Luis says:

    Great giveaway Maria! I will make sure to drink some chocolate mint tea in that mug if I win this giveaway!

  18. Molly says:

    The first drink I’ll have out of my new Cephalotus mug if I win will be a nice hot cup of black coffee. I only drink my coffee black to match my soul. 😛

  19. Molly H says:

    The first drink I am going to have out of my new Cephalotus mug if I win, won’t actually be a drink, but instead I’ll make a mug cake to celebrate! 🙂

  20. Nicole says:

    Oh man, I’ve been eyeing your mugs for a while now. You can never have too many mugs for your morning coffee, right? Thanks for having this giveaway!

  21. Angela Holman says:

    What is the first drink I will drink out of the coffee mug if I get it? Hm… Some nice, cold, sweet tea.

  22. Brandon says:

    I think I’d have to have a nice cup of tea from my cup. It would have to be cold, though, because it’s been way too hot where I live.

  23. David F says:

    Hey Maria, I have to say that I really enjoyed the personalized letter you sent out, and I love your website. Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. Andrea says:

    Look at that VFT! And in such a cool pot! I have a few other VFTs from you that are looking pretty good! One of them caught a decent sized fly the other day!

    • Maria says:

      Thanks, Abra! Miso soup totally counts! Sounds like an excellent use for the cup, actually!

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