: 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 “Giant” a young plant. Drosera gets its name from the Greek word, drososmeaning dew. Introduction Glistening dewdrops adorn the strap-like leaves of the sundew, enticing insects to their deaths.

The leaf itself may also fold over to enclose or suffocate larger prey and allow for better absorption. Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.

Drosera capensis

Digestion takes well over 6 hours after a prey’s original ensnarement. My typical form of D.

The leaves radiate from the stem and are made up of a petiole and capenis, the petiole being almost the same length as the lamina. I do not have this form yet, but hope to in the near future. 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.

Drosera capensis Bains Kloof. Mature plants die off from time to time, but usually young shoots develop off their rhizomatous stems, so wait a few weeks before you throw them out! Drosera capensis ‘Red’ not fed grown under lights behind the typical form of D. When fed, the leaves reach around 1. It is a perennialherbaceous plant that forms a rosette with dorsera diameter of 18 to 25 cm and is characterized by numerous, reddish glandular erosions on 7 cm long and 5 mm wide, elongated leaves.


Late Summer, Autumn PH: The short, woody stems are rhizomatous below with well-developed roots. It grows very well in open air, on a sunny windowsill, as long as it is kept in an inch or two of mineral-free water. Never use a soap-based insecticide. Ironically, the carnivorous plants are attacked by insect pests. Drying out can cause drooping and the decrease in mucilage production. Prepare a 9 cm pot with growth media, water well. The ‘Red’ form will turn completely red if given enough light.

Drosera capensis varieties 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 capensis ‘Albino’ will also generally form a stem over time. Click here to register. There is also the “red” form that turns blood red in full sunlight, and is also similar physically to the narrow-leaved form.

Drosera capensis occurs naturally in the southwestern Cape and can be found in marshes, along streams, permanent seeps or damp areas of fynbos. This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

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The plant thrives full sun locations on nutrient-poor, waterlogged and lime-free soils. View other plants in this family QR code link View other capeneis in this genus. Archived from the original xls on Moist soil must be maintained year-round by the presence of a saucer under the pot, but watering must be reduced and the saucer removed in winter.

Rate this plant Is this an interesting plant? They are now beginning to spread on their own, potentially with help from water birds.

There is speculation that the fluid is slightly sweetly scented to attract insects. I have successfully grown Drosera capensis in 1 peat: These glands secret a glistening, sticky, clear fluid used to trap and retain prey. Conservation Status Status Not threatened. Do not cover with soil. Under horticultural conditions, carnivorous plant enthusiasts find that these seeds have a tendency to find their way into neighbouring plant pots where they germinate readily, giving D.


Growth will resume when temperatures rise to 40 degrees F again. 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.

Login to add your Comment Not registered yet? Drosera capensis generally produces hundreds of seeds on its own. The plant can become quite large, since the leaves can reach 2. Views Read Edit View history. Drosera capensis is a free-flowering, robust, carnivorous, evergreen perennial, of varying height, but usually around mm. In my experience, I’ve noticed that the petioles are more elongated in comparison with the leaf than the ‘Typical’ form. The sensitive tentacles are able to detect caught prey and produce more dew to entrap their victim.

I have had issues with Drosera capensis ‘Red’, but I think it is because the stalk gets burnt in my lights. Most forms of D. Drosera capensis Bains Kloof Check out my youtube video of this sundew!

If the victim is decomposed enough that the plant can not gain further nutrients, the leaf and the tentacles return to their original position. My Drosera capensis Bainskloof and “Wide-Leaf” have never flowered for me.

Give Drosera capensis subtropical conditions.