Alice Sundew

Drosera aliciae | Also known as: Smaller Sundew | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Alice Sundew is a lot like Alice Cooper, instead of biting the heads off chickens, this little fella bites the heads of insects.

The Alice Sundew (Drosera aliciae) is a wonderfully exotic plant, although it is rather tricky to grow and takes some patience and on-going care. ‘Alice’ definitely doesn’t like the climate in the UK, so will need to be grown indoors, although she can be moved outdoors in the warmer summer months. Its foliage is green and orange-red, and it flowers year round with pink blooms. This little lady eats insects, which it traps with the red hairs that cover its leaves. A top tip for healthy growth is to feed it with fish food or frozen bloodworms.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0 - 0.2
Spread [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.3
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Red shades
Foliage in summer
  • Red shades
Foliage in Autumn
  • Red shades
Foliage in winter
  • Red shades
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • root cuttings
  • leaf cuttings
Growth habit
  • Rosette
  • Acidic
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-10
Heat zone
  • H10-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 4
Heat days
  • 90 - 180
  • poorly-drained
  • boggy
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • Carnivorous
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For every season
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Bog garden
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years