Cape Sundew

Drosera capensis | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

We due some sun, perhaps planting Sundew will hurry it along?

Cape Sundew, or Drosera capensis, is an insect eating plant that will certainly provide a talking point if you choose to grow it. It has long, bright green leaves that sport red or green hairs, which woo its prey to investigate. These then trap and digest the victims. It also boasts small rose-pink or purple flowers in the summer, although on occasion these can bloom throughout the year. Somewhat tricky to grow, it needs to be cultivated and kept indoors, although you can move it outside during the warmer months of the year.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.2 - 0.3
Spread [m]
  • 0.15
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
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
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
Garden type
  • Bog garden
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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