Drosera binata - Giant Form
Ease to Grow: Easy
Native Range: Wet Bogs of southeastern Australia and New Zealand
Zones: 7-9 (6-10)
The Giant Forked Sundew, Drosera binata var. dichotoma - Giant, is a large double-forking sundew with olive-green and bronzy-yellow leaves and pink glands. Its leaves typically have 2 tips, but can have 3 or 4+ when mature. It is a large, sprawling plant, with full dense leaves, and makes a great hanging plant. It is a robust grower and readily spreads from its roots, filling its pot or developing a nice colony. It is a great insect trapper, and gets a lot of attention. It is a temperate plant dying back to its roots as cool weather approaches, and reemerging from resting buds on its roots in the Spring. New leaves unroll much like the fronds of a fern, and are produced throughout the year, but there is a second noticeable flush of leaves in the Fall. It can tolerate a light frost. It prefers open, sunny, boggy conditions in peaty soils. It can flower several times from June to September with blossoms that are white on tall, multi-flowered red scapes. D. binata comes in many forms: T-form, Double Fork, Small Red Fork, Giant, Staghorn and Marston's Dragon. They rarely produce viable seeds in cultivation, but are easily divided from the thick, black, hairy roots, or by leaf cuttings. Its large, olive-colored form will make a nice addition to your carnivorous plant collection. This selection comes from cuttings, and are identical to the parent. Plants ordered in Winter may be shipped dormant and leafless, but will re-emerge, given warm and bright conditions. Juvenile plants may be shipped. For maximum effect use multiple plants in a 6" pot.
Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.
Height: 6" - 12+"
Plant Type: Perennial, warm temperate
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.