Ease to Grow: Moderate to Challenging.
Native Range: Marshy Shrublands of South Cape, Africa.
8-9 (7-10). The King Sundew, Drosera regia, is striking in appearance. It has very long, narrow, lance-shaped leaves, that are yellow-green with a prominent golden mid-vein. The red-tipped tentacles are large and very generous with their sticky, musilaginous "dew". It attracts a lot of insect activity, and can capture large prey including: beetles, moths and small children (kidding of course). The tentacles and leaves can twist and bend around the prey. In its native marshy grass habit, it competes with evergreen shrubs. It prefers a cool and bright, consistently damp spot, with good drainage, and sandy soil with peat. It typically holds its leaves year round, but cool conditions can cause it to develop a loose winter bud of short leaves. It may even appear to die back, but usually will send up new growth, but not always right away. It flowers mid-summer with large (1-1.5"), dark pink blossoms. Seeds can be quick to germinate. After flowering, it frequently sends up young plants from its woody roots. Leaf cuttings do not succeed, but root cutting will. It is a most unusual plant and will enjoy a spot in your collection. D. regia comes from a single valley in the Bains Kloof Range of South Cape, Africa. There are about 50 plants. It is the most endangered Drosera. This selection comes from root cuttings and are identical to the parent.
Height: 8" - 18+".
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 summer bog garden or greenhouse and indoors.