The king sundew, Drosera regia, has a very uncanny ability to wrap its leaves around captured insects. In some instances, a leaf will wrap around an insect so perfectly it looks like it wrapped itself into a knot! Some say that the king sundew gets its name from its spear-like leaves that form a crown of sorts. Others say that its name comes its size.
This plant can be a bit of an enigma for some growers. We've found that it's not very tolerant of constant high temperatures. It definitely likes cool nights, like in its native habit in the coastal mountains of South Africa. It grows best in regions where night temperatures drop below 70°F at night.
This plant is also a sub-tropical, which means it will tolerate freezing temperatures in winter. Our mother plants experience temperatures as low as 25°F during winter. The leaves will die back. In spring when the weather warms up, new growth emerges from the roots. This type of winter treatment, however, isn't at all necessary for this plant. It will be happy in a cool, sunny windowsill throughout winter.
Plants You Receive
Your plant will be shipped potted in a 4-inch pot. Plants will have leaves about 4 inches tall and will reach flowering maturity within two growing seasons.
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 12 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.