Drosera rotundifolia

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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.
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Plants You Receive

Plants are 1-2 years old from propagation with one or two growth points and shipped in 3-inch pots.
All cold-hardy perennials are grown outdoors at our nursery in Oregon. Their appearance will change with the seasons.

April-May: Emerging from dormancy. 
June-August: Plants are in active growth. 
September-December: Plants stop growing and will drop its leaves to form a resting bud.
January-March: Plants are still in its dormant resting bud state.

General Care

Type of Plant: Cold-hardy perennial for outdoor container growing.
Sunlight: Full sun, 6+ hours of direct sunlight, during the growing season.  
Water: Low-mineral water (50 ppm or less).  Set in standing water to keep media wet.
Soil: Equal parts peat moss and perlite.  No garden soil, compost, or fertilizer.
Winter: Dormant.  Mulch in USDA zones 6 and colder.

Care instructions are included.


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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.

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    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

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    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

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    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!

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    Posted by Michael Freelove on April 26, 2020