Ease to Grow: Easy.
Native Range: Wet Pocosins of the Gulf Coast and Southeastern North America, and South America.
Zones: 7-8 (6-9).
Drosera brevifolia or the Dwarf Sundew is a very small, low-lying sundew with somewhat wedged-shaped traps, and numerous red sticky tentacles. It's particular charm comes from its large white or pink flowers and habit of growing throughout the Winter if kept warm and bright. It's like a smaller, warmer loving version of D. capillaris, but with no distinct petiole and glandular nearly to the base of the plant. It prefers open and sunny, wet savannahs with peaty or sandy-peaty soils. It does not form a winter hibernacula (resting bud). The relative large flowers are generally white, but may be pink, on scapes with multiple blossoms. It flowers from April to May and frequently produce abundant seeds, giving it a nice spreading habitat. Seeds may be stored cool and dry without stratification (cold-wet period). Drosera brevifolia is a determinate plant, which horticulturally means that it grows for one or two years, sets seeds and dies. In cultivation this means it is necessary to harvest its seeds for planting the following spring. It is very wide-spread throughout the southern Coastal Plain. Drosera brevifolia is good in a terrarium, and an interesting addition to your collection or bog garden. This selection comes from seed, and will show some natural variations. For maximum effect use multiple plants in a 6" pot.
Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in sphagnum, and placed in plastic bags. In it's dormant season, it will be shipped as a dormant hibernaculum. For potting see potting supplies. Photographs are representative of the species and not the individual plants shipped.
Height: 0.5" - 1".
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 bog garden, greenhouse and indoors. It is an ideal terrarium plant