Drosera rotundifolia

(31 reviews)

This is the most common sundew in the world, which grows in North America, Asia and Europe. Yet, it's uncommon in cultivation. You won't find it at your local hardware store, like the Venus flytrap. You'll usually find it sold through specialty nurseries because Drosera rotundifolia can be tricky to grow. It prefers bright, cool conditions. It slows down dramatically when the weather gets hot. Cool nights will make this plant happy. Grow it in a slightly sheltered location, such as at the base of a Sarracenia. Make sure the soil is well aerated and moist. 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.

Type of Plant: Outdoor perennial for container growing.
Leaves: Up to 3 inches at maturity.
Sunlight: Dappled to partial sun during the growing season.
Water: Low-mineral water (50 ppm or less).
Soil: Equal parts peat moss and perlite only.
Winter: Dormant. Minimal protection in USDA zones 7-9. Mulch in colder regions.

• Sub-adult plant, acclimated for outdoor growing.
• Shipped in a 3-inch pot. Care instructions are included.

Photos illustrate summer growth. Leaves may not be present during other seasons. See below for more information.

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Plants are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon and experience seasonal changes.

January-March: Plant is dormant in a resting bud state.
April: Spring growth will appear by the end of the month.
May: More leaves appear, but not yet full size.
June-August: Full display of dewy leaves.
September-October: Dormancy begins. Plant drops its leaves. Growth resumes in spring.
November-December: Plant is dormant in a resting bud state.

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    Posted by Rusty West on June 14, 2021

    Came quickly and in good condition. I was disappointed with how tiny it was. *** RESPONSE BY SARRACENIA NORTHWEST *** Thank you, Rusty, for your purchase! I'm sorry that the size of the plant disappointed you. This species is naturally small, so I'm not certain of the size you were expecting. It is also early in the growing season and these plants had just come out of dormancy a weeks prior to releasing them. Size is also a factor of temperature and sunlight. If it's too hot or too bright, this plant will produce shorter leaves. Try moving it to a cooler location. If you need further assistance, please let us know through the Ask The Growers page. Thank you!

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    Posted by Susan Wysling on June 13, 2021

    I love this new addition. Very unique

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    Posted by Venessa Goldberg on June 10, 2020

    While the plant did make it to us alive, it has very few functional leaves so it's been a slow process for it to recover from being shipped. I do see signs of growth though, and we know it's normal for it to have a shipping shock, so we're just being patient.

  • 5
    Healthy plants

    Posted by james king on June 1, 2020

    My plants were/are very healthy and people are impressed with them most people don’t even know they exist,thanks guys

  • 5
    Excellent product

    Posted by Mike Murray on May 24, 2020

    The plant I received was packaged very securely and in excellent shape. Within a day or two of arrival it had recovered from shopping and looked amazing

  • 5
    Drosera Rotundifolia

    Posted by Thad Weck on May 24, 2020

    Thank you for your quick and quality plant and packaging. The little sundew arrived intact and is now popping out its forth leaf and happily sunning itself in its mini bog. I'll be coming back for more plants soon. Thank you!

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    Posted by Nathan Miller on May 10, 2020

    It was so TINY when it arrived, I'd thought something had gone amiss. I ringed it with sphagnum upon planting. It's since doubled in size, so I think it's gonna make it. *** RESPONSE FROM SARRACENIA NORTHWEST *** Thank you for your purchase! Yes, this plant is small in early season. It was just emerging from dormancy when it was shipped to you. It experienced winter dormancy outdoors at our nursery, not terribly far from you. Enjoy the plant!

  • 5

    Posted by Michael Freelove on April 26, 2020

  • 5
    It came alive

    Posted by John Carter on April 19, 2020

    Not all plants am I successful with but these guys know how to ship plants properly

  • 5
    Loved them

    Posted by LAM on April 12, 2020

    Bought three of them with another Sarracenia. They are bigger now more than they’re just arrived. They came in a good packaging, very healthy. Thank you so much. Will buy more Sarracenia species when available. God bless you all.

  • 5
    Oh Drosera, how I envy your dew

    Posted by Marie (Franky) on July 21, 2019

    My Drowsy is perked up and tiny droplets of dew shine like diamonds. Oh Drosera, how I envy your dew! I read this specimen was finicky, but it is doing fine. It is a native to my area in WA, that may help? Thank you again!

  • 5
    Great little plant

    Posted by Kraig Campbell on May 12, 2019

    Catching plenty of bugs and putting out new growth!