: Cape Sundew – Drosera capensis – Carnivorous Plant 3″ Pot: Garden & Outdoor. The Cape Sundew, Drosera capensis, is a very easy-to-grow carnivorous plant with strap-like leaves, loaded with red tentacles that slowly move in on its prey. Drosera capensis (the Cape Sundew) is the most common sundew in cultivation, since it is so easy to grow (once it is given favorable conditions). Drosera.

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Drosera capensis is commonly known to become a weed in sundew collections because the tall flower rdosera produce copious amounts of seeds. Cover pots with plastic to retain humidity. Views Read Edit View history. Growth will resume when temperatures rise to 40 degrees F again. Drosera capensis is one of the hardiest carnivorous plants to grow.

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Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Thesimple, pink-mauve flowers are borne on a single stem and mature in ascending order. These varieties are commercially available.

However, I believe that many “Giants” circulating around in cultivation are not the true “Giant” form. This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. Never use a soap-based insecticide.

Introduction Glistening dewdrops adorn the strap-like leaves of the sundew, enticing insects to their deaths. It gradually forms a stem over time, which is supported by dead growth.

They are now beginning to spread on their own, potentially with help from water birds. Dew production may stop after transplanting or if the leaf comes into contact with inquisitive hands. I had better luck with those by propagating them directly on media.


The ‘Red form’ grows about the same size as the ‘Typical’ form, but its leaves are narrower. Login to add your Comment Not registered yet? Drosera capensis originates from the subtropical Cape region of South Africa. If the victim is decomposed enough that the plant can not gain further nutrients, the leaf and the tentacles return to their original position.

The sensitive tentacles are able to detect caught prey and produce more dew to entrap their victim. However, while growth is maintained, If grown indoors and left unfed, it will flower much less or not at all. Forms a stalk over time.

Plants Profile for Drosera capensis (Cape sundew)

Archived from the original xls on This is a fantastic form of D. The fluid contains a weak acid and enzymes that digest the soft parts of its prey. Drosera capensis has several forms or varieties, including the “typical”, “wide-leaved”, “narrow-leaved” and “red” forms and the cultivar Drosera ‘Albino’. Leaves will curl and fold drastically around food within a few hours. Digestion takes well over 6 hours after a prey’s original ensnarement.

Some of the other commonly known species within this family are D. Drosera capensiscommonly known as the Cape sundew[1] [2] is a small rosette -forming carnivorous species of perennial [3] sundew native to the Cape in South Africa. The plant has a tendency to retain the dead leaves of previous seasons, and the main stem of the plant can become quite long and woody with time.

Click here to register. It tolerates a variety of soils which low in nutrients. Conservation Status Status Not threatened.

Drosera capensis is listed on the New Zealand Caensis Pest Plant Accord due to it being classified as an drozera species in that country, where they cannot be bought at plant retailers and should not be traded by carnivorous plant partisans. They have been planted in the wild or unintentionally introduced through soil contaminated by seeds with plantings of pitcher plants and water lilies.


Late Summer, Autumn PH: If a victim has caught in the secretion of the tentacles, then all the tentacles near the victim align themselves on this, drossra at some point the whole leaf has wrapped around the animal. The tentacles are sensitive and mobile. Place directly under fluorescent lights for the hightest success rate. The Cape sundew is easily propagated by seed or vegetative means.

The leaf itself may also fold over to enclose or suffocate larger prey and allow for better absorption. It is a perennialherbaceous plant that forms a rosette with a diameter of 18 to 25 cm and is characterized by droseta, reddish glandular erosions on 7 cm long and 5 mm wide, elongated leaves. Give Drosera capensis subtropical conditions.

Extracts of the leaves were used externally for warts, corns and sunburn. However, never give up on your plant- Drosera capensis frequently comes back from the roots once provided with favorable conditions again!

Drosera capensis

With the help of the digestive secret the insect is now decomposed until only the chitin armor remains. Dtosera will further describe each form towards the bottom of the page. Drying out can cause drooping and the decrease in mucilage production. My Drosera capensis Drsoera and “Wide-Leaf” have never flowered for me. This page was last edited on 31 Octoberat Has grown well for me in the temp range of degrees F.