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 30 reviews
Joseph Garces
Happy and healthy!

My drosera capensis arrived quickly and was very healthy. Will definitely be ordering again.

I. Babylon

Excellent little plant friend. As previous reviews, very well packed. I was a little nervous about termperature hardiness with it arriving in New England in winter, but all was fine. I also got the soil mix which relieved my concerns when composing my own. A few weeks on now and sundew is living large under a cloche on my studio desk, and is ready to report for kitchen duty to proudly serve in the war on bugs.

K Johnson
Love the Drosera capensis

I ordered three Drosera capensis plants plus recommended soil from Carnivorous Nursery. The plants arrived quickly, were packaged with care, and in exceptional shape. Plants transplanted same day as arrival using the soil Carnivorous Nursery recommended. Each plant is thriving, already adding new leaves/stems. I am very happy I chose Carnivorous Plant Nursery for this purchase.

Kyle M
Very high quality

My sundew arrived quickly and exactly as described, inside a protected container. It is growing nicely indoors under a light alongside my Venus fly trap, with extremely little care other than occasional watering. Could not have asked for better experience purchasing from this business!

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?

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