Drosera adelae


Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: No
Native Range: Sandy riversides of northeastern Queensland, Australia
Zones: 12 (10-13)

The Lance-Leaved Sundew, Drosera adelae, is a low grower of medium size with a whorl of long, sword-shaped, green leaves and red sticky tentacles that glisten in the light. New leaves unfurl upright, but lay down as they mature. In bright light, the leaves grow narrow and shorter, and develop a bronze or red color. It is a very pretty tropical with traps year round. It prefers high humidity, partial shade in sandy-peaty soils. It readily produces small plantlets along the length of its roots, that can quickly fill a pot, form a small colony, or be harvested and shared with friends. The unique red to orangey-red, star-shaped flowers are on the ends of tall curling scapes, that resembles a shepherd's hook, that slowly unwinds, revealing more flowers over the course of several weeks. It is one of the few sundews with red flowers. It blooms from June to October, but does not produce seed readily. Though it is a tropical plant, it can tolerate drier, cooler conditions, even a light frost which may kill the upper leaves, but it will re-emerge from the root stock. It is an excellent terrarium plant, and a reliable performer for your collection. It is easy to grow and is a great beginner's plant. D. adelae shares the same habitat with D. schizandra and D. prolifera, but is more tolerant of a wider range of growing conditions. This selection comes from leaf cuttings or tissue culture and are identical to the parents.

Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.

Height: 2" - 4+"
Plant Type: Perennial, tropical
Soil: Upper Bog Mix or All-purpose Mix
Light: Bright to partial bright indoors, partial sun and light shade outdoors
Use: Grows well in the protected bog garden in summer, greenhouse and indoors. It is an excellent terrarium plant.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Daniel K.
Drosera purchase

I recently purchased a few Drosera including Drosera adelae. All arrived in excellent condition. The D. adelae started to look good (dewy leaves) particularly quickly. I have not worked with carnivores for many years so I was pleased to see all of the ones I purchased starting off so well.

Christopher Sheil
Order not received

I still have not received my order. It’s been over 3 weeks


Adorable!! Arrived in great condition, new leaves were already sprouting after one day of it being out of the box! This was my first time ordering any plants online, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the heat pack was still warm when the package arrived. My order was packed with care, and it showed.

kortney crigger
awesome plant

I have been wanting to try this one again for a few years since i killed my first one as a complete rookie years ago. The plant looked a bit mad when it arrived (not everyone likes a road trip!) But after a couple weeks of sitting in the tray its perked up with 2 new dewey leaves and is looking great


Came in well packaged and it's growing great. It has already caught a bunch of gnats.

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