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Cape Sundew

Drosera capensis

Also known as

Rose-Flowered Sundew, Sondou, Snotrosie (Afr.)

Drosera capensis flower 2 Darwiniana by Michal Rubeš (CC BY 3.0 cz)

Partial Shade
Advanced care
Frequent watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

40cm

Max

40cm

10cm

Min

20cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Cape Sundew

Drosera capensis leaf
A pink Drosera capensis flower on a plant
Leaves and  tentacles close up
Folding over prey

Cape Sundew Overview

Drosera capensis is a perennial carnivorous plant from the Droseraceae family. It is found commonly in the Cape winter-rainfall regions of South Africa, growing in well-drained, moist, sandy soils on hills, slopes or flats in fynbos areas and in open clearings or post-fire when vegetation is low. Commonly known by the names Narrow-Leaved Cape Colony Sundew or Cape Sundew. This plant can produce rose-pink flowers all year round. The most interesting characteristic of this plant is its ability to digest the nutrients, especially the nitrogen, it requires from insects caught in its stalked tentacles. Some Sundews leaves form basal rosettes, but others don't and form upright plants. This narrowleaf species has rosettes of lance-shaped leaves fringed with red or green hairs that trap and digest insects. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Western Cape.

Common problems with Cape Sundew

How to propagate Cape Sundew

Seed

Prepare a 90mm pot with growth medium; water well. In autumn sow fresh seeds on the surface in moist growth medium, do not cover with soil. Place in a semi-shade position, germination takes 2-4 weeks.

Suckers

Over time little suckers will emerge next to the mother plant that can be seperated when big enough.

Cuttings

Propagate from seed, by division or root cuttings.

Division

Special features of Cape Sundew

Indoor plant

Keep soil moist watering every other day, provide morning good sunlight.

Pot plant

Well drained sandy soil medium is best, 2 parts sand or silica grit: 1 part peat or sphagnum moss, in 9-15cm pots. It is important not to over-pot plants.

Attracts useful insects

Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Wet sites

Other uses of Cape Sundew

Insectivorous.

Ornamental

Droseras make fascinating house and conservatory plants around the world. They are better suited to being grown outdoors. But grow them under roof, in South Africa, if you wish to retain their vivid red colouration . Plants can be brought indoors for short periods for display.

Carnivorous

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