Ease to Grow: Moderate
Dormancy: Yes, forming gemmae
Native Range: Peaty wetlands of Southwestern Australia
Zones: 10 (9-11)
Drosera paleacea, is one of the easy-to-grow pygmy sundews. It is of medium size for a pygmy with wonderful orangey-red to red leaves in a dense rosette. The leaves resemble little cherry lollipops with green stems. As it matures, the rosette grows upward, leaving a pretty column of sticky leaves below. It prefers a sunny, humid spot with sandy-peat soil in the growing season, and drier, but not totally dry soil in the winter, when it goes dormant. It flowers mid summer with numerous, small, white flowers. They have a sweet fragrance and stay open, day and night, for several days. They do not seed readily in cultivation. It does however, produce numerous gemmae in the winter, which can be harvested when they darken slightly. The gemmae can be sown immediately on the surface of the pot, or stored cool and damp for a short period. D. paleacea is a pretty little pygmy. This selection comes from gemmae and are identical to the parents.
Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.