Ease to Grow: Challenging.
Native Range: Rainforest floors of northeastern Queensland, Australia.
Zones: 12 (11-13).
The Notched Sundew, Drosera schizandra, produces broad, fan-shaped leaves that are light green, and sparsely lined with large white, dewy droplets and fine red digestive glands. The leaves are barely sticky. It looks a bit like a small, dewy African Violet. It is a low-growing tropical sundew with traps year round. It may be the only carnivorous plants to grow on a rainforest floor, and prefers humid, shady riversides with sandy, peaty soil. The small dark reddish-purple flowers bloom in late Summer. It is one of the few sundews with red flowers. Although it does not produce seed readily, it can be divided by leaf cuttings. It is a challenge to grow. Provide it with steady conditions, warm, very humid, low light, avoid direct sunlight. D. schizandra shares the same habitat with D. prolifera and D. adelae. Some botanists argue that D. schizandra may be evolving away from carnivory, as this habit affords it little advantage on the rainforest floor. This selection comes from leaf cuttings and are identical to the parents.
Height: 1.5" - 4+".
Plant Type: Perennial, tropical.
Soil: Upper Bog Mix or General CP Mix.
Light: Low light indoors, shady outdoors.
Use: Grows well in the greenhouse and indoors.