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 available for sale with Carnivorous Plant Nursery. 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. The Drosera capensis plant 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. 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 25 reviews
N. Morales
I think I killed it

I loved my new carnivorous plant, got it into a pot with leca, dirt and some moss. It quickly ate the small fruit flies surrounding my other plants, it seemed to do well in front of the window. Then it got small, turned brown and I don't think it survived. What did I do wrong?? I watered regularly, maybe too much?

Alison H.
Already Catching Flies

I bought these to rid the house of the tiny little gnats around my other plants. I've only had them a few weeks and they are already putting a huge dent in the population. I love them! I might even get a few more!

Stephanie L.
Great little sundew!

Packaged well, and despite shipping delays by the carrier and arriving during the heatwave when temperatures were over 100 degrees, this little plant arrived in great shape. I planted it and within days, it's already thriving in the window in its little bog and growing new leaves.

Top notch

I recieved my cape sundews in perfect condition in the middle of a blistering heatwave here in the Sonoran desert. I met the mailman at the box, like some crazy stalker, to make sure they werent put in the metal heat trap. I was shocked at how mild the inside of their little box was compared to the 112+ outside temps. It had sat in the poor postman's non-air conditioned truck for 12 hours and they didnt seem any worse for wear.

I followed the directions provided after they arrived and they started getting dewy less than 12 hours after I potted them. Ive now had them in my possession a week and they are happily eating away at the summer gnats while pumping out new leaves. I am super psyched to watch them develop and already ordered more because i have no self-control with my adult money.

Amazing plant

My plant arrived today, and it has only one browning leaf. The plant is very healthy and in good shape! 👍

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