Drosera capensis

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Drosera capensis

Ease to Grow: Very Easy.
Dormancy: No.
Native Range: Wet Bogs of the Cape region of South Africa.
Zones: 7-9 (6-10).

Drosera capensis or the Cape Sundew is one of the easiest of all carnivorous plants to grow. It is medium-size with long strap-like leaves, loaded with red tentacles. It has a nice overall green and red appearance and glistens brightly in the sunlight. Insects are lured to the plant and get mired in the sticky dew of the tentacles. The leaves slowly roll over on to the prey in about 30 minutes, creating an effective digestive pouch around the victim. Digestion takes a few days and the leaf uncurls to leave the prey remains behind. It is a tropical plant growing year round, as long as the conditions are warm and bright. In cooler temperatures it stops growing, but holds its traps. Here at our Nursery (Zone 6) it grows in some of the outdoor bog boxes, dies back in the Fall and re-emerges from the roots in Spring. It tolerates a wide range of growing conditions, but prefers open, sunny, boggy conditions in peaty soils. The flowers are a rosy-pink on tall, multi-flowered scapes. One or two flowers open each day for several weeks. It can flower at different times of the year, but more profusely in the summer months. It generously produces seeds that can be sown immediately or stored in cool, dry conditions for a year or more. D. capensis comes in many forms: red, white, narrow leaf, broad leaf, wide leaf, and giant. All are unofficial cultivars. It can become a wonderful "weed" in your carnivorous plant collection, and is an excellent terrarium plant. It is easy to grow and is a great beginner's plant. This selection comes from seed, and will show some natural variations. For maximum effect use multiple plants in a 6" pot. Plants vary in size from 1.5"-6+" depending upon availability.

Typically plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. 3.5" Potted Plants contain 4 or more plants. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.

Height: 2" - 6".
Plant Type: Perennial, tropical.
Soil: Lower Bog Mix or General CP Mix.
Light: Bright indoors, full sun to partial sun outdoors.
Use: Grows well in the protected bog garden, greenhouse and indoors. It is an excellent terrarium plant.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Leigh Ann Layton

I got this for my 88 year old mother. We checked it the first night she had it and there were already bugs on it! Every half day we have checked and there are more bugs yet again. That is one happy plant! She has always had all types of horticulture but this one is new for her and she said this has been the most exciting thing in a long time.

Louise R.
Very satisfied

The Cape Sundew was packed well, shipped quickly, and arrived in a very healthy condition. I recommend this seller.


Big healthy plant

Zephyr Gardin

My plant arrived two days early and it was very well packed it was taped down in a plastic bag wrapped in sphagnum moss, wet paper towels and a rubber band. I opened the packaging to find a pretty big D. Capensis! It had almost 20 leaves and had several more growing out of the centre! It also has what appears to be a flower stalk growing out of it with little buds on it! The leaves were a little bent but they are already bouncing back and producing dew! Cant wait for it to get its appetite back so I can feed it! I'm also fairly certain there are some small terrestrial Bladderworts in the pot as there are small green stalks with little buds on them I will just have to wait and see! I will definitely be ordering more plants from here! I highly recommend this place! Thank you CPN for the great plant!

Drosera capensis

I ordered two and they were wrapped up very well together. One of the plants had some black 'leave' tips and a few 'leaves' have died, but there is a lot of new growth coming out the center/middle of the plant. Tried 'feeding' them, but I guess they were not hungry yet. Looking forward to seeing the dew develop more along with the process of them 'catching flies' and having a meal.

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