Ease to Grow: Easy
Native Range: Peaty wetlands of the Cape region of South Africa
Zones: 8-9 (7-10)
The Nestle-leafed Sundew, Drosera nidiformis, is a medium size, tropical with green leaves, cover with red tentacles that glisten nicely. It's similar in appearance to D. intermedia, but larger and tropical. It does a great job of catching insects with leaves that roll over onto its prey. D. nidiformis grows year round and prefers growing in open, sunny, boggy conditions in peaty soils. The flowers are pink, and one or two flowers open each day for several weeks. It flowers profusely in the summer months with lighter flowering throughout the year. It is self-fertile, and generously produces seeds that can be sown immediately or stored in cool, dry conditions for a year or more. D. nidiformis 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.
Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.
Height: 1" - 2+"
Plant Type: Perennial, subtropical
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.