Ease to Grow: Moderate.
Dormancy: Yes, forming gemmae.
Native Range: Peaty wetlands of Southwestern Australia.
Zones: 10 (9-11).
The Scorpion or Shaggy Sundew, Drosera scorpioides, is tall for a Pygmy Sundew, up to 3". It's name comes from the shape of its leaves, which are short, and curl upward, like the tail of a scorpion. There are even long terminal tentacles, that resemble the scorpion's stinger. The leaves are orangey-red with long tentacles. This erect pygmy has a stalk with the rosette of leaves at the top. Older leaves stay attached like a skirt, giving the plant a somewhat miniature palm tree look. Red prop roots extend down from the rosette and help anchor the plant. It has long roots and benefits from growing in a tall pot. In its native Mediterranean climate habitat it grows in rocky laterites (tropical soils rich in iron and aluminum). In cultivation 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, pink and white, small flowers. It does not readily seed in cultivation. It does however, produce numerous gemmae in the winter, which can be harvested when they slightly darken. The gemmae can be sown immediately on the surface of the pot, or stored cool and damp for a short period. D. scorpioides is a fascinating pygmy and worth having in your collection. This selection comes from gemmae and are identical to the parents.
Note: All pygmy sundews, by their very nature, are quite small, smaller than a dime. They are called pygmies for a reason.
Height: 1" - 3".
Plant Type: Perennial, tropical.
Soil: Upper Bog Mix or General CP Mix.
Light: Bright to partial bright.
Use: Grows well indoors or in the greenhouse.