: 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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Plants Profile for Drosera capensis (Cape sundew)

The leaf itself may also fold over to enclose or suffocate larger prey and allow for better absorption. Drosera capensis “Broad-Leaf” This is a capenis form of D. Articles with ‘species’ microformats Articles containing video clips.

It doesn’t get easier than that! As sensitive as these tentacles are, they are able to distinguish between a meal and other stimuli, for example, the leaf and tentacles do not respond to water droplets. The plant to the right was grown via the tray method indoors. Disorders such as tuberculosis, asthma, coughs, eye and ear infection, liver pain, morning sickness, stomach conditions, syphilis, toothache and intestinal problems were treated internally with teas or extracts made from the leaves.

This sundew has never flowered for me. Propagation Techniques click here to learn more about propagating sundews Seed: Place the potted plants in a cm saucer filled with fresh water to remain moist at all times. Drosera capensis ‘Red’ not fed grown under lights behind the typical form of D. Most forms of D. Retrieved from ” https: 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 flowers can be pollinated by insects, but are usually self-pollinated. Drosera capensis tends to form clumps over time, when the seeds scatter everywhere.

Drosera capensis – Wikipedia

This plant will have more of an ‘Albino’ look if given less light. Digestion takes well over 6 hours after a prey’s original ensnarement. Google QR Code Generator. In my experience, I’ve noticed that the petioles are more elongated in comparison with the leaf drosra the ‘Typical’ form. Place directly under fluorescent lights for the hightest success rate. Drosera capensis ‘Albino’ form will develop light pink tentacles under strong lighting.

However, I believe that many “Giants” circulating around in cultivation are not the true “Giant” form. The plant has a tendency to retain the dead leaves of previous seasons, and the main stem of the plant can become quite long and woody with time.

Drosera capensis

Give Drosera capensis subtropical conditions. When the seeds are ripe, their capsules open to release the fine, light-weight seeds which fall erosera and are dispersed near the parent plants.

Drosera capensis ‘Albino’ will also generally form a stem over time. The plant flowers in summer December and January in its native habitat in South Africa with up to 50 pale-violet, more than 2 cm large flowers sitting on up to 35 cm high racemose inflorescences. View other plants in this family QR code link View other plants in this genus.


Extracts of the leaves were used externally for warts, corns and sunburn. The lower lamina surface is smooth and glabrous. I have successfully grown Drosera capensis in 1 peat: Drosera capensis can be easily propagated through a variety of methods including seed, leaf cuttings, and root cuttings. However, while growth is maintained, If grown indoors and left xapensis, it will flower much less or not at all.

Forms a stalk over time. Eastern Cape, Western Cape Soil type: Place in a well-lit area but not in direct sunlight.

There is also the “red” form that turns blood red in full sunlight, and is also similar physically to the narrow-leaved form. Partially cover healthy living root or leaf cuttings with growth media. 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.

It gradually forms a stem over time, which is supported by dead growth.