: 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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Media related to Drosera capensis at Wikimedia Commons. The plant thrives full sun locations on nutrient-poor, waterlogged and lime-free soils. While some growers report that it grow well in lower lighting, I prefer giving this sundew as much light as possible so that the pink coloration can reach its full potential.

In my experience, I’ve noticed that the petioles are more elongated in comparison with the leaf than the ‘Typical’ form. Drosera capensis “Broad-Leaf” This is a stunning form of D.

Growth will resume when temperatures rise to 40 degrees F again. If temperatures briefly drop below freezing, or if the media dries out completely in the warmer months, the vegetative growth above the ground will vrosera.

Dense fringes of tentacles occur capensiz the margins while fewer and shorter tentacles occur in the centre.

Drosera capensis

Eastern Cape, Western Cape Soil type: Can grow well in pretty much any medium. The fluid contains a weak acid and enzymes that digest the soft parts of its prey.

Under bright light, the leaf lamina develops yellow-green coloration. Drosera capensis generally produces hundreds of seeds on its own. The ‘Red form’ grows about the same size as the ‘Typical’ form, but its leaves are narrower. Mature plants die off from time to time, but usually young shoots develop off their rhizomatous stems, so wait a few weeks before you throw them out!


Place in a well-lit area but not in direct sunlight. The plant to the right was grown via the tray method indoors. The plant has a tendency to retain the dead leaves of previous seasons, and the main stem of the plant can become quite long and woody with time.

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New foliage will, however, grow and continue to produce dew. The sensitive tentacles are able to detect caught prey and produce more dew to entrap their victim. This aids digestion by bringing more digestive glands in contact with the prey.

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.

Flowers are open very briefly for a few hours with good sunlight. Drosera capensis ‘Typical’ can develop red-orange leaves in intense light. Under horticultural conditions, carnivorous plant enthusiasts find that these seeds have a tendency to find their way into neighbouring plant pots where they germinate readily, giving D.

Treat with a diluted pesticide or remove pests by hand. This plant will have more of an ‘Albino’ look if given less light. Written and edited by Aaron May.

Drosera capensis Bains Kloof. The plant can become quite large, since the leaves can reach 2. Drosera capensis “Giant” Supposedly, this plant is supposed to reach 60cm tall, and I have seen a picture of the true form. The secretion acts on the one hand as a visual signal, as it shines in the sun and shines through the red tentacle tip, on the other hand, it is also a chemical attractant that attracts insects.


There is also the “red” form that turns blood red in full sunlight, and is also similar physically to the narrow-leaved form. Sow fresh seeds on the surface in moist growth media. These varieties are commercially available. Forms a stalk over time. Some of the other commonly known species within this family are D. Drosera capensis is a free-flowering, robust, carnivorous, evergreen perennial, of varying height, but usually around mm.

Dew production may stop after transplanting or if the leaf comes into contact with inquisitive hands. The short, woody stems are rhizomatous below with well-developed roots.

Drosera capensis varieties – The Cape Sundew

The narrow-leaved form differs from the typical form in that it rarely produces tall stems; has thinner, longer leaves and less hair on the plant. Be sure to rinse your media before you use it Media moisture: Ten Speed Press, California.

Drosera capensis varieties 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. Frosera tolerates a variety of soils which low droserra nutrients.