Sundew (Drosera spatulata)

Botanical names:
Drosera spatulata Accepted
Drosera tokaiensis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: under 6 inches (15 cm)
Plant Spread: 3-6 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Terrariums
Bog gardening
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Needs specific temperature: 78 degrees F.
Days to germinate
Depth to plant seed: On surface of milled spagnum moss. Do not cover.
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Seeds are dustlike. Need constant moisture to germinate. Cover pot with plastic or lid to retain moisture. Stand tray in water.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Leaf
Other: Take leaf cuttings in early summer. Cut as close to base of plant as possible. Root in water in indirect sunlight, then pot into milled spagnum moss. Plant divisions should be taken late spring or early summer. Offshoots are often found near the base
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Miscellaneous: Carnivorous
Endangered: If collecting in wild, check for endangered or protected status in your area.


Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 25, 2014 4:01 PM

Sundews are one of the largest genera of carnivorous plants, with nearly 200 species, and a range that includes every continent except Antarctica. The plant displays long tentacle-like stalks, which have a threefold purpose, of luring, trapping, and digesting its prey. The stalks produce a sticky substance that attracts insects. The insects become trapped in the mucous-y substance and die of either exhaustion or asphyxiation. The sticky substance also dissolves the insect, making the nutrients available to the plant.

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