Drosera regia-256

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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 when night temperatures drop below 70°F.
Plants You Receive
Your plant will be shipped potted in a 4-inch pot. Plants will have leaves about 3-inch tall and will reach flowering maturity within two growing seasons. All plants were propagated on-site from proven mother plants in our collection. Photo is representative of plants for sale.

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Natural Habitat
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.

Cold Tolerance
Tolerant of very cool temperatures, but protect from frost.
The king of sundews! Best for experienced growers.
Only 1 per customer.


  • 5
    The King Sundew

    Posted by MB on January 25, 2019

    Plant health - Green Thumbs Only Packaging - Unmatched protection from shipping damage.

  • 2

    Posted by Victor Cai on March 11, 2018

    Plant was much smaller than pictured and came with 3 dead leaves and only 3 green leaves. I hope it does not die. and the living leaves are getting yellow and not dewy. *** RESPONSE BY SARRACENIA NORTHWEST *** I hope it doesn't die either! Our plants come with a 30-day guarantee. You can read about the guarantee by clicking on the link down below. I also researched my database, and I didn't see any questions submitted by you. We are here to assist you in any way we can, but we rely on you to reach out to us if you have any questions about the health of your plant. So, if you want us to help you figure out what's going on, please submit your question through the Ask The Experts page. Thanks!

  • 5

    Posted by Sean on February 26, 2018

    Plant arrived in excellent condition and very healthy. Packaged with extreme care (packaging was like a safe mini greenhouse!) has been growing great and catching small gnats. Awesome leaf movement on this plant it is extreme, wrapping up around larger prey like spiders in coils. I can't wait to watch this plant grow larger.

  • 5
    Very Satisfied Customer

    Posted by Chuck S on February 21, 2018

    The Drosera regia arrived healthy and beautifully packaged. Four weeks later . . . and the plant is thriving!

  • 3
    Baby Drosera

    Posted by Kevin on February 12, 2018

    I placed the plant in a very sunny garden window and over four weeks all of the arms turned black and died. Not sure why, I grow Nepenthes in the same window and have years of Sarracenia and fly trap experience. I hope it comes back to life as we go into spring and summer. ***RESPONSE BY SARRACENIA NORTHWEST*** Sorry that your plant hadn't grown well for you. Two things. First, contact us through Ask The Experts. We are available to assist growers should they see abnormal growth in their plants. Supply all the requested information so that we can help you diagnose the issue and recommend an appropriate course of action. (http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com/growers) Second, read our 30-day guarantee. Depending on your care, you may qualify for a replacement plant. (http://www.growcarnivorousplants.com/guarantee)

  • 5

    Posted by Michael Maggard on January 24, 2018

  • 5
    Regal for sure

    Posted by Unknown on January 20, 2018

    I finally felt ready to try this plant. It came very vigorous with a "baby" at the base. No other sundew has the knotting action in the leaves; it is hungry and happy!

  • 5

    Posted by James Fox on January 15, 2018