Sundews / Drosera

droserabinata (300x295)Drosera binata – An unusual species of Sundew native to New Zealand and Australia with distinct forked, Y-shaped leaves. It generally produces large pure white five-petaled flowers borne on strong stalks. Despite its origins, this species may go dormant when subjected to cooler temperatures, dying down to the ground. Grows 6 to 10″ high by 8″ wide. Hardy to zone 9.

droseracapensisalba (300x299)Drosera capensis ‘Alba’ – This variety of Cape Sundew (which is native to South Africa) has all-white tentacles as well as white (instead of pink) blooms, with the flower stalks reaching 12″ high. It can be grown year-round indoors and prefers bright light to full sun exposures. Irrigate by sitting the pot in rain or distilled water. Grows 6″ high and wide. Hardy to zone 9.

carn2Drosera rotundifolia – Roundleaf Sundew is indigenous across the northern hemisphere and is best grown outdoors, as it requires a definite dormant period. It catches its prey with leaves covered in red glandular hairs that secrete a sugary substance which attract and hold insects. Pots of Drosera are best kept in saucers of rainwater. Grows 4-6″ high by 6-9″ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

droseranatalensis (300x293)Drosera natalensis – The Natal Sundew is a subtropical species native to South Africa and Madagascar. It is very easy to grow and a good choice for beginners. Drosera natalensis features green spoon-shaped leaves that turn reddish in high light and form a symmetrical rosette. The small pink flowers are also self-fertile. Grows up to 2″ wide. Hardy to zone 9.

droseraspatulata (300x293)Drosera spatulata – The Spoon-Leaved Sundew is native throughout southeast Asia, as well as parts of Australia and New Zealand. It is quite easy to grow and readily self-seeds, making it another good choice for beginners. Drosera spatulata does not require a dormant period and can be grown indoors year-round. Grows 1.5 to 3″ wide. Hardy to zone 9.

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