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 40 reviews

Survived 4 or 5 days in shipping and is growing quickly

Carol F Metzger
Love this adorable little plant

I got this little sundew to eat fruit flies in my kitchen. It seems to be working. Used bog mix, was concerned because some of it got stuck on some leaves. So far no serious harm. Using RO filtered water. She is making new little leaves every day. I set up a grow lamp and am awaiting the arrival of a timer to set for 14-16 hours. I might move the lamp closer to the plant as well.

I tried really hard to call her something other than Audrey, but Audrey stuck.

Connie R.
Drosera capensis

Plant was packaged well. I’ve had it for a few weeks and it is doing nicely.

Joanne Joslin
My first Cape Sundew

It seems to be doing well. There is a lot of conflicting information on their care available online. As I am not getting many sunny days yet, it is spending most days inside under lights.

john ortiz
Adorable carnivorous plant

Really cute and small seams to like the area.

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