Drosera capensis, Red Leaf

(101 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.
Plant You Receive
• Juvenile plant, approximately 3 inches in diameter.
• Will reach maturity within an additional 6-12 months.
• Acclimated for windowsill growing.
• Shipped in a 3-inch pot. Care info is included.
General Care
Type of Plant: Tropical sundew for windowsill growing.
Native Habitat: Coastal mountains of South Africa.
Sunlight: Partial sun.
Water: Low-mineral water (50 ppm or less). Keep the soil wet.
Soil: Equal parts peat moss and perlite. No garden soil, compost, or fertilizer.
Temperatures: Tolerant of cool temperatures but always protect from frost.

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  • 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

  • 5
    Sundews & Pitcher Plants

    Posted by Susan Campbell on February 9, 2020

    These are my first carnivorous plant, not counting venus fly traps I got as a kid. I'm very pleased with the speed they arrived and all in great condition. Plenty of growing instructions were included. All of them are still alive and thriving (pitcher plants are planted outside and are dormant now, but healthy).

  • 5
    Arrived in great conditions

    Posted by Emanuel Martinez Vazquez on February 8, 2020

    I have had this plant for a month now and it’s been doing great

  • 5

    Posted by Greg Lawton on January 16, 2020

    Very nice red Sundew

  • 5
    Great little plant

    Posted by Larry on January 13, 2020

    plant camr well packaged and bounced right back after putting under my indoor lights have grown and filled out very well