Sundews & Pitcher Plants

droseraaliciae (300x294)Drosera aliciae – The Alice Sundew is a native of South Africa and a good choice for novice gardeners, as it is not too demanding. The leaves remain an orange-green when left indoors but deepen to reddish-orange (with red tentacles) in brighter light. This Sundew is self-fertile (pink flowers) and readily self-seeds. Excellent houseplant. Grows 1-1.5″ high by 3″ wide. Hardy to zone 8.

saraceniacatesbaei (300x297)Sarracenia x catesbaei – A naturally occurring hybrid Pitcher Plant (S. purpurea x S. flava) that can be found from Florida to Virginia in the wild. It is a cold hardy carnivorous plant with yellowish-green pitchers with red veining and maroon tinting as they mature. Bears 2″ wide red flowers before the new pitchers emerge in spring. Grows 12-18″ high and wide. Zone 5.

droseraparadoxa (300x294)Drosera paradoxa – This species from north and west Australia is part of the Petiolaris Group and features fireworks-like hairy stems with flat disks at the end covered with red tentacles. Also known as Wooly Sundew, it grows naturally on banks of seasonally flooded creeks and has white to pink flowers. Keep warm and humid year around. Grows 2-4″ high by 4″ wide. Zone 11.

sarraceniapsitacina (295x300)Sarracenia psittacina – The Parrot Pitcher Plant is a native of the southeast United States and is occasionally found partially submerged in its native habitat. It features pinched or folded parrot beak-like pitchers (often held horizontally) with small entrances and white false windows that draws prey deeper inside the tube. Grows 6″ high by 12″ wide. Hardy to zone 8.

droseraadel (300x284)Drosera adelae – The Lance-Leaved Sundew is native to Queensland Australia and features strap-like leaves bundled in a basal rosette. Tentacle movement in this species is minimal, often taking half an hour for them to curl around prey. It reproduces sexually by red to reddish-orange flowers or asexually by plantlets. Grows 10″ high by 12″ wide. Hardy to zone 11.

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