This variety of Drosera filiformis is similar to the typical form, but instead of the typical green, v. floridana has dark red leaves. In time, the plant will produce a crown up to an inch across and leaves up to 8 inches tall. Give this plant lots of sunlight to maintain its beautiful red leaves. Never underestimate how much this plant loves sunlight!
In winter, its leaves will die back and the plant will form a resting bud sitting at soil level. Growth will resume in mid-spring.
The particular form we carry produces white flowers, which are really faintly pink. But from a horticultural point of view, it's not the typical dark pink, so it qualifies as white.
While this plant is native to northern Florida (USDA Zone 8), this is one of the few carnivorous plants that you can treat either as a cold hardy perennial or as a tropical houseplant. Based on our experience and reports from our customers, this plant doesn't overwinter well when winters are long and temperatures drop below 20°F for significant periods of time. However, because of the amount of sunlight this plant requires during the growing season and their need for winter dormancy, we list it as a cold hardy plant.
If you grow it as a tropical house plant, remember that strong sunlight is essential to maintain this plant's red colors. You can never give this plant too much sun with indoor growing! You will also need to respect its winter dormancy. This will naturally happen when light levels and temperatures decrease in fall and winter at which time the plant will drop its leaves and form a resting bud (hibernaculum) on the soil surface. New leaves will emerge in spring.
If you grow it as a cold hardy perennial, protect the dormant hibernaculum from significant hard freezes (below 20°F).
Plants You Receive
This plant is shipped in a 3-inch pot.
All cold hardy plants are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon and experience the changes of the seasons. Care instructions are provided.
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for examples of how your plant may look at this time of the year and important growing tips for the season.
Size of Adult Plants
8 inches tall.
Full sun, 6 or more hours of direct sunlight.
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.
April - September. Leaves will die back at the onset of frost.
Hardy of winter frost during dormancy but protect the hibernaculum from significant hard freezes (below 20°F).