: 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 varieties – The Cape Sundew

The leaves radiate from the stem and are made up of a capendis and lamina, the petiole being almost the same length as the lamina. The leaf itself may also fold over to enclose or suffocate larger prey and allow for better absorption. 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. I’d recommend 4 inches or taller, since Drosera capensis can develop a drowera long, branching root system.

New foliage will, however, grow and continue to produce dew. In my experience, I’ve noticed that the petioles are more elongated in comparison with the leaf than the ‘Typical’ form.

Late Droeera, Autumn PH: 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. As sensitive as these tentacles are, they are able to distinguish between dgosera meal and other stimuli, for example, the leaf and tentacles do not respond to water droplets.

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


Drosera capensis ‘Albino’, is also similar in shape to the “typical” form, but lacks most of the red pigmentation of the typical or narrow forms, with clear or pink trichomes and white flowers. It is commonly available from many carnivorous plant vendors and is a great sundew to start with! My Drosera capensis Bainskloof and “Wide-Leaf” have never flowered for me.

Drosera capensis is a free-flowering, robust, carnivorous, evergreen perennial, of varying height, but usually around mm. Drosera has also been recorded for use against various ailments. Drosera capensis is listed on the New Zealand National Pest Plant Accord due to it being classified as an invasive species in that country, where they cannot be bought at plant drksera and should drosea be traded by carnivorous plant partisans.

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This form of 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. Leaves will curl and fold drastically around food within a few hours. Written and edited by Aaron May.

It gradually forms a stem over time, which is supported by dead growth. High ambient humidity allows the preservation of mucilage. Give Drosera capensis subtropical conditions. Do capenss cover with soil. Drosera capensis is one of the hardiest carnivorous plants to grow. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Place the potted plants in a cm saucer filled with fresh water to remain moist at all times.

It is a free-flowering and fascinating house plant. 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. Disorders such as tuberculosis, asthma, coughs, eye and ear infection, liver pain, morning sickness, stomach conditions, syphilis, toothache and intestinal problems were treated internally with teas or extracts made from the leaves.

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Propagation Techniques click here to learn more about propagating sundews Seed: Drosera capensis ‘Albino’ form will develop light pink tentacles under strong lighting. Media related drosear Drosera capensis at Wikimedia Commons.


It is a perennialherbaceous plant that forms a rosette with a diameter of 18 to 25 cm and is characterized by numerous, reddish glandular erosions on 7 cm long and 5 mm wide, elongated leaves. Neighbouring tentacles then mobilize and slowly lean over caapensis engulf the hapless victim. Place in a well-lit area but not in direct sunlight. The water-floating method works well for the “typical”, “Red”, and ‘Albino’ forms, but is very slow for the Bains Kloof and “Giant” forms. Under bright light, the leaf lamina develops yellow-green coloration.

The Cape sundew is fast growing and single plants can live for many years srosera young suckers forming at the base. Extracts of the leaves were used externally for warts, corns and sunburn.

Drosera capensis

If the victim is decomposed enough that the plant can not gain further nutrients, the leaf and the tentacles return to their original position. Rate this plant Is this an interesting plant? It is among the easiest of carnivorous plants to keep indoors.

If a victim has caught in the secretion of the tentacles, then all the tentacles near the victim align themselves droserq this, until at some point the whole leaf has wrapped around the animal.

Cover pots with plastic to retain humidity. Once, when fed often, my ‘Typical’ and ‘Albino’ forms have produced huge flower stalks, which created around seeds per stalk.

The short, woody stems are rhizomatous below with well-developed roots. Watering and keeping the plant moist will revive them. I had better luck with those by propagating them directly on media.