The perfect beginner's plant! Named for its natural habitat, the cape region of South Africa, Cape sundews grow vigorously and produces large leaves at maturity. Each leaf is covered with sticky gooey dew. When a fly lands on it, the leaf slowly curls around it to get the most out of the insect. Look for tall stalks of purple flowers as the plant matures, and watch them ripen with seed.
A cool-tropical species, Drosera capensis likes a very sunny window with mild temperatures. It may slow down significantly during the hottest parts of summer, but watch it take off again when the weather cools down. Bright light is key to growing it!
Our Cape sundews have very wide leaves, and when fully mature, the entire plant can grow to a diameter of 7 inches.
Plants You Receive
Your plant will be shipped potted in a 3-inch pot and will reach flowering maturity within a growing season.
All plants were propagated on-site from proven mother plants in our collection.
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Coastal mountains of South Africa.
Type of Plant
Tropical plant for indoor growing.
Size of Adult Plants
Leaves may reach 4 inches.
Partial sun. A south window with several hours of direct sunlight is ideal.
Use mineral-free water or water low in minerals (less than 50 parts per million). Keep the soil wet by setting the plant in a dish of standing water.
Use 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite (or washed river sand). Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost.
Tolerant of very cool temperatures, but protect from frost.