Drosera capensis, Red Leaf

(105 reviews)

This variety of Cape sundew is a truly remarkable plant. Instead of the typical green, the entire plant is blood red. To maintain its extreme color, you will need to grow this plant in absolutely the brightest light possible. In fall and winter, its leaves may lose some of its redness, but it perks up again in spring and summer when strong light levels return. While the other varieties of Cape sundew prefer bright and cool conditions, this variety prefers bright and warm conditions. An adult plant can get up to 5 inches in diameter and just has tall.

Type of Plant: Tropical plant for windowsill growing.
Size: 5 inches across when mature.
Sunlight: Partial sun. Avoid hot sunlight.
Water: Low-mineral water (50 ppm or less).
Soil: Equal parts peat moss and perlite only.
Temperatures: Tolerant of cool temperatures but always protect from frost.

• Juvenile plant, acclimated for windowsill growing.
• Shipped in a 3-inch pot. Care info is included.

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  • 5
    Plant was as indicated.

    Posted by Hal Miller on March 2, 2023

    Plant arrived in good condition. As I expected it would.

  • 5
    Red leaf drosera

    Posted by Gayle Hartman on February 3, 2023

    Arrived in perfect condition, planted with the alba drosera and is doing very well. Had dew on the within a week. Will be buying again.. Thanks for the great packing and speedy shipping.

  • 5
    Drosera capensis

    Posted by william farnam on February 3, 2023

    First time carrnivorous plant grower here. Apprehensive about my abilities and purchasing a plant in the winter. Watched every Youtube video on the subject. Decision was made and fingers crossed. I am extremely happy with my choice! Shipping, packing, and protection of the plants was Outstanding! The Droseras are fantastic! I expected a couple of weeks of adjustment period. The plants are producing dew and started capturing fungus gnats within a few days. They are actively growing and delighting with their healthy head start. I am very happy with all facets of this fantastic nursery. Thank you.

  • 5
    Great plant

    Posted by Zach on January 1, 2023

    My order arrived in 2 days, and not only that, the plants acclimated and are doing phenomenally! Will be purchasing through SN in the future!

  • 5
    Drosera capensis red leaf

    Posted by John Azary on June 5, 2020

    I received my plants promptly. It was healthy and red. But after 3 months now, it's growing well with a new baby coming out from the main plant. But I'm not understanding why the plant isn't as red a I thought? The new growth is green stem and leaf with red tentacles. I thought it would stay very red throughout? But overall I'm happy with my purchase.

  • 5
    Absolutely stunning

    Posted by Russell Luna on June 4, 2020

    My drosera has grown new arms since I’ve got them in the mail and are so very good at catching gnats that come from having indoor plants can’t wait to get more

  • 5
    Beautiful Deep Red Color

    Posted by Alyssa Newton on May 18, 2020

    As the title says, I received a gorgeous plant! It hasn’t missed a beat and is continuing to put out lovely red leaves for me. I would also like to mention that SN packs their plants quite nicely and includes great little growing brochures for you!

  • 5

    Posted by Jim on May 10, 2020

    Growing like crazy.

  • 5

    Posted by robert fogliasso on March 15, 2020

    As always Fantastic

  • 5
    Drosera capensis, Red leaf

    Posted by James C. Fife on February 25, 2020

    Excellent robust specimen, ready to grow without transplant shock in proper soil mix. Many new leaves less than one month since arrival - I'm feeding it Daddy Longlegs already!

  • 5
    Beautiful plants

    Posted by Eileen Pryor on February 23, 2020

    Beautiful plants, well packaged, came w a heat pack (thank you) they have literally exploded with new growth, I am hoping to get a grow light to help w its energy but it's doing super.

  • 5

    Posted by Georgia Luiz on February 10, 2020