: Cape Sundew – Drosera capensis – Carnivorous Plant 3″ Pot: Garden & Outdoor. The Cape Sundew, Drosera capensis, is a very easy-to-grow carnivorous plant with strap-like leaves, loaded with red tentacles that slowly move in on its prey. Drosera capensis (the Cape Sundew) is the most common sundew in cultivation, since it is so easy to grow (once it is given favorable conditions). Drosera.

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Drosera capensis Bains Kloof Check out my youtube video of this sundew! Partially cover healthy living root or leaf cuttings with growth media. General growth media, 1 part sand or silica grit: It is among the easiest of carnivorous plants to keep indoors. Anti-spasmodic agents have been found by scientists in some Drosera species. Probably the most interesting characteristic of this plant is its ability capenss digest the nutrients, especially the nitrogen it requires from insects caught in its stalked tentacles.

Views Read Edit View history. The sensitive tentacles are able to detect caught prey and produce more dew to entrap their victim. Drosera capensis can be easily propagated through a variety of methods including seed, leaf cuttings, and root cuttings.

It can also be grown outdoors in South Africa drosrea a bog garden or as a semi-submerged pond plant. There is also the “red” form that turns blood red in full sunlight, and is also similar physically to the narrow-leaved form. The leaf itself may also fold over to enclose or suffocate larger prey and allow for better absorption.

The flowers caensis self-pollinate caepnsis closing and produce copious quantities of very small, spindle-shaped seeds, which are released from the capsules that form when the flowers have died. Drosera capensis tends to form clumps over time, when the seeds scatter everywhere. Leaves will curl and fold drastically around food within a few hours.

The fluid contains a weak acid and enzymes that digest the soft parts of its prey. Neighbouring tentacles then mobilize and slowly lean over to engulf the hapless victim. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. My Drosera capensis Bainskloof and “Wide-Leaf” have never flowered for me.


I have had issues with Drosera capensis ‘Red’, but I think it is because the stalk gets burnt in my lights. Under horticultural conditions, carnivorous plant enthusiasts find that these seeds have a tendency to find their way into neighbouring plant pots where they germinate readily, giving D. My typical form of D. It doesn’t get easier than that! Ironically, the carnivorous plants are attacked by insect pests. This is a fantastic form of D. Drosera capensis occurs naturally in the southwestern Cape and can be found in marshes, along streams, permanent seeps or damp areas of fynbos.

The water-floating method works well for the “typical”, “Red”, and ‘Albino’ forms, but is very slow for the Bains Kloof and “Giant” forms. Aphids, mealy bug and thrips cause deformity in new growth. This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. Leave this field blank.

Thesimple, pink-mauve flowers are borne on a single stem and mature in ascending order.

Drosera capensis varieties – The Cape Sundew

It is commonly available from many carnivorous plant vendors and is a great sundew to start with! Drosera capensis “Broad-Leaf” This is a stunning form of D. If the victim is decomposed enough that the plant can not gain further nutrients, the leaf and the tentacles return to their original position.

The plant captures their prey by luring it through the dazzling digestive secretions produced on the tentacles of the leaves. Dew production may stop after transplanting or if the leaf comes into contact with inquisitive hands.

This sundew has never flowered for me. There is speculation that the fluid is slightly sweetly scented to attract insects. The narrow-leaved form differs from the typical form in that it rarely produces tall stems; has thinner, longer leaves and less hair on the plant.

If srosera victim has caught in the secretion of the tentacles, then all the tentacles near the victim align themselves on this, until at some point the whole leaf has wrapped around the animal. Place in a well-lit area but not in direct rdosera. It gradually forms a stem over time, which is supported by dead growth. Disorders such as tuberculosis, asthma, coughs, eye and ear infection, liver pain, morning sickness, stomach capensos, syphilis, toothache and intestinal problems were treated internally with teas or extracts made from the leaves.


The Cape sundew is fast growing and single plants can live for many years with young suckers forming at the base. The plant can become quite large, since the leaves can reach 2.

Drosera capensis

Eastern Cape, Western Cape Soil type: Drosera capensis “Giant” Supposedly, this plant is supposed to reach 60cm tall, and I have seen droeera picture of the true form. Drosera capensis grow in most sizes of pots. Drosera capensis is listed on the New Zealand National Pest Plant Accord due to it being classified as an invasive species in that country, where they cannot be bought at plant retailers and should not be traded by carnivorous plant partisans.

This plant will have more of an ‘Albino’ look if given less light. With the help of the digestive secret the insect cspensis now decomposed until only the chitin armor remains.

Drosera capensis – Wikipedia

Drying out can cause drooping and the decrease in mucilage production. Drosera capensis is commonly known to become a weed in sundew collections because the tall flower stalks produce copious amounts of seeds. This capenzis digestion by bringing more digestive glands in contact with the prey. In my experience, I’ve noticed that the petioles are more elongated in comparison with the leaf than the ‘Typical’ form.

Very hard to permanently kill once established. Flowers are open very briefly for a few hours with good sunlight.