Drosophyllum lusitanicum

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The common name is dewy pine. Its leaves are long and thin and originate from a single stem close to the soil. Thick, sticky droplets of nectar cover the leaves and gives off an aromatic honey-like scent that attracts flying insects. When an insect lands on the plant, it is quickly immobilized by the sticky leaves.

The plant is native to the dry, warm-temperate regions of Portugal and Southern Spain and grows very large. In the wild, some plants can be 2-3 feet across. In cultivation, the plant never gets that big since it's usually grown in pots where it becomes root bound. However, this is the type of plant that is extremely sensitive to root disturbance, so it essentially lives its entire life in the same pot. Plants in very large pots (12 inches in diameter and 12 inches tall) can live for 5 years or more. Plants in smaller pots (6 inches in diameter and 6 inches tall) might live for approximately 2-3 years.

Although this species is native to a warm-temperate region, it's best to treat it as a true tropical. It's roots need to be protected from frost at all times. However, the plant requires a great deal of sunlight throughout the year. During the summer months, you can grow the plant outdoors. In fall and winter, bring the plant indoors in a sunny windowsill or under strong artificial lights.

Plants You Receive
Available plants are seedlings in 2-inch peat pots, as shown in the second photo above. Special instructions on how to pot your plant will be provided.

You will need the following items for immediate potting of your seedling:
• Coarse soil mix suitable for Drosophyllum. (You can purchase it in the Supplies section on our website or make your own. The proportions are listed below.)
• A large, tall, unglazed terracotta pot, minimum diameter of 6 inches and a minimum height of 6 inches. A tall pot is preferable and will extend the life span of your plant. (You can get this at your local garden center.)

Please watch the monthly video podcast for examples of how your plant may look at this time of the year and important growing tips for the season.

Natural Habitat
Portugal and Southern Spain

Type of Plant
Tropical plant for indoor growing.

Size of Adult Plants
Leaves may reach 12 inches.

This plant LOVES sunlight - full to partial sun.

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 a course mix of 1 part peat moss and 3 parts perlite (or washed river sand). Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost.

Cold Tolerance
Tolerant of very cool temperatures, but protect from frost.

A sundew-like plant native to Portugal and Southern Spain.
Limited supply. Please read the description below before purchasing.


  • 5
    First time with the dewy pine

    Posted by Sean Barry on June 11, 2020

    I was amazed to see D. lusitanicum offered on the Sarracenia Northwest site and I lost no time ordering it. The plant arrived a couple of days later, extremely well packaged in its peat pot, and the time span gave me time to review the website/youtube directions for potting and growing this notoriously difficult plant. So far, so (very) good. In my Mediterranean climate (a few miles west of Sacramento, CA) the little plant instantly thrived. and sent up several new shoots within a week. Thanks to Sarracenia Northwest for its excellent service and great video on the care and "feeding" of Drosophyllum.

  • 5
    Arrived promptly and healthy!

    Posted by Stephen Huddleston on December 4, 2016

    And it's growing well now. This is the best place to buy Drosophyllum when you're not up to growing from seed.

  • 5
    Came in great!

    Posted by Patrick Urbanski on November 21, 2016

    The plant came in healthy and looking great! Was shipped fast as always and was packed well! Thanks guys!

  • 5
    dewy pines awesome

    Posted by Billy Owens on November 21, 2016

    came fast and arrived in great shape and looks great in a large terra cotta pot. I cant wait to put it out side this summer

  • 5
    Very healthy plant

    Posted by gerardo vazquez on November 20, 2016

    Very nice plant and healthy and definitely I will get more plant from you

  • 5

    Posted by Dallas Kirchoff on May 25, 2015

    Another healthy plant with care instructions.

  • 4
    dewy pine

    Posted by jamie riendeau on May 17, 2015

    It was in fair condition when I received it and now it doing a lot better.

  • 5
    Need a lot of sun light

    Posted by Ramon L. Nelson on May 17, 2015

    I bought 3 of these plants and after they arrived... it has been raining most of the time. Two of them have added new growth while the 3rd one is still the same....so I have placed it under my Aqueon LED light system. I am sure this will help as most of my other Sundews have grown 6 to 10 times their size since I received them plus most have flowers blooming on them.