: 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 ‘Red’ form will turn completely red if given enough light. Conservation Status Status Not threatened. Drosera capensis is commonly known to become a weed in sundew collections because the tall flower stalks produce copious amounts of seeds.

Drosear 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. Prepare a 9 capdnsis pot with growth media, water well. Drosera capensis “Wide Leaf”. They have been planted in the wild or unintentionally introduced through soil contaminated by seeds with plantings of pitcher plants and water lilies.

It tolerates a variety of soils which low in nutrients.

Aphids, mealy bug and thrips cause deformity in new growth. This aids digestion by bringing more digestive glands in contact with the prey. Do not cover with soil. The lower lamina surface is smooth and glabrous. Drosera capensis “Broad-Leaf” This is a stunning form of D. The fluid contains a weak acid and enzymes that digest the soft parts of capenss prey. The absorption of nutrient stakes place via the red tentacle tips, where the secretion itself is produced.

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. Treat with a diluted pesticide or remove pests by hand. Written and droseraa by Aaron May. Disorders such as tuberculosis, asthma, coughs, eye and ear capeensis, liver pain, morning sickness, stomach conditions, syphilis, toothache and intestinal problems were treated internally with teas or extracts made from the leaves.


However, while growth is maintained, If grown indoors and left unfed, it will flower capfnsis less or not at all. Articles with ‘species’ microformats Articles containing video clips. Watering and keeping the plant moist will revive them. When insects are first trapped, the leaves roll lengthwise by thigmotropism toward the center.

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The tea was also used as a tranquilizer and some believe that it has aphrodisiac properties. However, never give up on your plant- Drosera capensis frequently comes back from the roots once provided with favorable conditions again!

Anti-spasmodic agents have been found by scientists in some Drosera species. Drosera capensis tends to form clumps over time, when the seeds scatter everywhere.

What code is in the image? The Cape sundew is fast growing and single plants can live for many years with young suckers forming at the base. The growth habit is virtually the same as the “typical” form. Grow in full sun to semi-shade outdoors. The plant can become quite large, since the leaves can reach 2. A tall pot will allow the roots to spread out, so the plant can reach its maximum height.

The sensitive tentacles are able to detect caught prey and produce more dew to entrap their victim. When the seeds are ripe, their capsules open to release the fine, light-weight seeds which fall out and are dispersed near the parent plants. Tiny black seeds are formed in the capsules.

Drosera capensis is a free-flowering, robust, carnivorous, evergreen perennial, of varying height, but usually around mm.

The leaf itself may also fold over to enclose or suffocate larger prey and allow for better absorption. New foliage will, however, grow and continue to produce dew.


Flowers are open very briefly capenssi a few hours with good sunlight. These varieties are commercially available. Partially cover healthy living root or capnesis cuttings with growth media. 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.

Drosera capensis

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 retailers and should not be traded by carnivorous plant partisans. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Drosera capensis Bains Kloof Check out my youtube video of this sundew!

Drosera capensis is one of the hardiest carnivorous plants to grow. With most varieties, they will readily self-pollinate.

Neighbouring tentacles capensia mobilize and slowly lean over to engulf the hapless victim. It gradually forms a stem over time, which is supported by dead growth.

Plants Profile for Drosera capensis (Cape sundew)

The tentacles are sensitive and mobile. Sow fresh seeds on the surface in moist growth media. The leaves radiate from the stem and are made up of a petiole and lamina, the petiole being almost the same length as the lamina.

With the help of the digestive secret the insect is now decomposed until only the chitin armor remains. I will further describe each form towards the bottom of the page.

Has grown well for me in the temp range of degrees F.