: 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

Eastern Cape, Western Cape Soil type: It capwnsis forms a stem over time, which is supported by dead growth. Capensiis sundew Scientific classification Kingdom: The fluid contains a weak acid and enzymes that digest the soft parts of its prey.

The plant can become quite large, since the leaves can reach 2. Neighbouring tentacles then mobilize and slowly lean over to engulf the hapless victim. The leaf itself may also fold over to enclose or suffocate larger prey and allow for better absorption. Ten Speed Press, California. This sundew has never flowered for me.

Disorders such as tuberculosis, droserx, 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. When fed, the leaves reach around 1. However, while growth is maintained, If grown indoors and left capenis, it will flower much less or not at all.


Drosera capensis is commonly known to become a weed in sundew collections because the tall flower stalks produce copious amounts of seeds.

Dew production may stop after transplanting or if the leaf comes into contact with inquisitive hands. Conservation Status Status Not threatened.

Drosera capensis grow in most sizes of pots. These varieties are commercially available. I have successfully grown Drosera capensis in 1 peat: My typical form of D.

Place directly under fluorescent lights for the hightest success rate. Watering and keeping the plant moist will revive them. The Cape sundew is fast growing and single plants can live for many years with young suckers forming at the base.

I have had issues with Drosera capensis ‘Red’, but I think it is because the stalk gets burnt in my lights. Drosera capensis “Wide Leaf”. 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.

Give Drosera capensis subtropical conditions. Drosera capensis “Broad-Leaf” This is a stunning form of D. New foliage will, however, grow and continue to produce dew. Drosera capensis Bains Kloof Check out my youtube video of this sundew! They are now beginning to spread on their own, potentially with help from water birds. Rate this plant Is this an interesting plant?

Late Summer, Autumn PH: This aids digestion by bringing more digestive glands rrosera contact with the prey. 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. The petioles can become quite wide, depending on lighting and other factors, which provide this sundew with a varying appearance.


Drosera capensis ‘Albino’ will also generally form a stem over time. There is also the “red” form that turns blood red in full sunlight, and is also similar physically to the narrow-leaved form. Place in a northern or eastern direction for best capenais if growing indoors.


It is a free-flowering and fascinating house plant. Drosera capensis can be easily propagated through a variety of methods including seed, leaf cuttings, and root cuttings.

However, I believe that many “Giants” circulating around in cultivation are not the true “Giant” form. Leave this field blank. The lamina is flattened and bears knob-shaped tentacles, which are stalked, mucilaginous glands covering the vrosera surface. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. The stalks end in a bulbous head in which the glandular cells occur.

Drosera capensis

Can be grown to flowering maturity from seed in a little over a year if fed often. Grow in full sun to semi-shade outdoors. The ‘Red’ form will turn completely red if given enough light. In early summer or late spring, D. Drosera capensis ‘Typical’ can develop red-orange leaves in intense light.

Written and edited by Aaron May.