Ease to Grow: Easy.
Native Range: Wet Bogs and Pocosins of northern and southeastern North America, northern Europe and Asia.
Zones: 4-9 (3-10).
Drosera intermedia or Oblong-leaved Sundew is sometimes called the Water Sundew, and for good reason. It loves extremely wet, saturated boggy conditions, often growing on floating mats, where it can grow its largest, 3+". It is medium height with a dazzling display of glistening tentacles in full sun, giving it a silvery appearance. The spatula-shaped leaves are green with bright red tentacles. It emerges early in the Spring and lasts throughout the Summer and Fall. It forms a sturdy winter hibernacula (resting bud), which is best pushed down to the surface in early Spring for best growth. The small flowers are white with a tint of pink on scapes with multiple blossoms. It flowers from June to August and often forms young plantlets on the flower spike (apomixis). It frequently produce abundant seeds, giving it a nice spreading habit. Seeds need to be stratified (cold, damp winter storage), and can be stored for several years. It is wide-spread, growing from Canada to the Caribbean, where varieties do not require dormancy. Drosera intermedia is a trooper, and a great companion in the collection or growing in the bog garden. This selection comes from seed, and will show some natural variations. For maximum effect use multiple plants in a 6" pot.
Height: 1" - 3".
Plant Type: Perennial, temperate.
Soil: Lower Bog Mix or General CP Mix.
Light: Bright indoors, full sun to partial sun outdoors.
Use: Grows well in the soggy bog garden, greenhouse and indoors.