Drosera intermedia


Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: Recommended
Native Range: Wet Bogs and Pocosins of northern and southeastern North America, northern Europe and Asia
Zones: 4-9 (3-10)

Drosera intermedia or Oblong-leaved Sundew is sometimes called the Water Sundew, and for good reason. It loves extremely wet, saturated boggy conditions, often growing on floating mats, where it can grow its largest, 3+". It can tolerate long periods of submergence and will tolerate drier periods in the summer months. It is medium height with a dazzling display of glistening tentacles in full sun, giving it a silvery appearance. The spatula-shaped leaves are green with bright red tentacles. It emerges early in the Spring and lasts throughout the Summer and Fall. It forms a sturdy winter hibernacula (resting bud), which is best pushed down to the surface in early Spring for best growth. The small flowers are white with a tint of pink on scapes with multiple blossoms. It flowers from June to August and often forms young plantlets on the flower spike (false vivipary). Oblong-leaved, water sundew frequently produce abundant seeds, giving it a nice spreading habit. Seeds need to be stratified (cold, damp winter storage), and can be stored for several years. It is wide-spread, growing from Canada to the Caribbean, where varieties do not require dormancy. Drosera intermedia is a trooper, and a great companion in the collection or growing in the bog garden. This selection comes from seed, and will show some natural variations.  In it's dormant season, it will be shipped as a dormant hibernaculum. For maximum effect use multiple plants in a 6" pot.

Plants shipped bare-root, wrapped in sphagnum moss. In their dormant season, they will be shipped as dormant hibernacula. Photographs are representative of the species and not the Dorsera intermedia for sale.

Height: 1" - 4".
Plant Type: Perennial, temperate.
Soil: Lower Bog Mix or General CP Mix.
Light: Bright indoors, full sun to partial sun outdoors.
Use: Grows well in the soggy bog garden, greenhouse and indoors.

Customer Reviews

Based on 21 reviews
Craig Gross
Drosera Intermedia

I think it has died.

Connie Riehl
Drosera Intermedia

Plants were packaged very securely. They are acclimating to their new home nicely. I am very happy with this purchase!


The plant arrived in stellar shape. It is quite actively producing new leaves and just started its first flower scape.

george bardel
Drosera Intermedia

Arrived in good condition . Took a little hit after that but it is coming along nicely. I am satisfied

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Acclimated quickly

Arrived carefully packaged, showed no signs of stress, has adjusted really well. I followed the instruction sheet that came with it and did 3 parts sphagnum and 1 part sand, watered (no tap or mineral water) and covered with a baggy for a few days to help with acclimation.

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