: 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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The plant can become quite large, since the leaves can reach 2. Grow in full sun to semi-shade outdoors. The czpensis flowers in summer December and January in its native habitat in South Africa with up to 50 pale-violet, more than 2 cm large flowers sitting on up to 35 cm high racemose inflorescences.

Drosera gets its name from the Greek word, drososmeaning dew.

In early summer or late spring, D. Conservation Status Status Not threatened. Droserra leaves radiate from the stem and are made up of a petiole and lamina, the petiole being almost the same length as the lamina.

Drosera capensis tends to form clumps over time, when the seeds scatter everywhere.

The absorption of nutrient stakes place via the red tentacle tips, where the secretion itself is produced. Most forms of D. The secretion acts on the one hand as a visual signal, as it shines in the sun and shines through the red tentacle tip, on the other hand, it is also a chemical attractant that attracts insects. Login to add your Comment Not registered yet? The water-floating method works well for the “typical”, “Red”, and ‘Albino’ forms, but is very slow for the Bains Kloof and “Giant” forms.


However, never give up on your plant- Drosera capensis frequently comes back from the roots once provided with favorable conditions again! Cover pots with plastic to retain humidity.

The plant captures their prey by luring it through the dazzling digestive secretions produced on the tentacles of the leaves. 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. Because of its size, easy to grow nature, and the xapensis amounts of seed it produces, it has become one of the most common sundews in cultivation.

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Cape sundew Scientific classification Kingdom: The plant leaf surrounds the prey within an hour while tentacles continue to move to further trap the prey. The plant thrives full sun locations on nutrient-poor, waterlogged and lime-free soils. My typical form of D. The short, woody stems are rhizomatous below with well-developed roots.

General growth media, 1 part sand or silica grit: However, I believe that many “Giants” circulating around in cultivation are not the true “Giant” form. This form cappensis Drosera capensis remains rather compact and the leaves do not get very large, regardless of how much it is fed, or how tall of a pot I have used.

The ‘Red’ form will turn completely red if given enough light. Drosera capensis “Broad-Leaf” This is a stunning form of D. Drosera capensis “Giant” a young plant. The roots of Drosera capensis are long and thick- perfect for cuttings.

Partially cover healthy living root or leaf cuttings with growth media. Capesnis plants die off from time to time, but usually young shoots develop off their rhizomatous czpensis, so wait a few weeks before you throw them out!


As sensitive as these tentacles are, they are able to distinguish between a meal and other stimuli, for example, the leaf and tentacles do not respond to water droplets.

Once young leaves develop, pierce the plastic to allow for acclimatization and dgosera off. If temperatures briefly drop below freezing, or if the media dries out completely in the warmer months, the vegetative growth above the ground will die.

New foliage will, however, grow and continue to produce dew.

Drosera capensis

Sow fresh seeds on the surface in moist growth media. Google QR Code Generator. An exposure in full sun suits it perfectly, although a place a little less sunny may be suitable.

However, while growth is maintained, If grown indoors and left unfed, it will flower much less or not at all. Drying out can cause drooping and the decrease in mucilage production.

Introduction Glistening dewdrops adorn the strap-like leaves of the sundew, enticing insects to their deaths. If the victim is decomposed enough that the plant can not gain further nutrients, the leaf and the tentacles return to their original position. I have had issues with Drosera capensis ‘Red’, but I think it is because the stalk gets burnt in my lights. Give Drosera capensis subtropical conditions.