Drosera sp., Sundew. Drosera aliciae
Drosera aliciae

Drosera sp.

Family: Droseraceae
USDA Zone: 7-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliage

For groundcover and low-growing plants that form 2ft rosettes, try Drosera spatulata, (Spoon-leaved Sundew), Drosera filiformis (Thread Leaf Sundew), or Drosera peltata (Fan-leaved Sundew). Growers in USDA Zone 9-10 can try Drosera grandiflora, or Drosera aliciae (Alice Sundew) for reliable success. All of these may appreciate more shade, with regular water, and all have ornamental foliage year-round in warmer climate. For cold climate, the hardier Drosera species will require full sun, less water and tolerate short spells of cool conditions.

Drosera sp. (Sundew) is a genus of plant with over 160 species, found around the world, with the exception of Arctic and Antarctic regions. The Sundew name is derived from the substance (mucilage) on the leaves, which appear to be glistening in the sunlight and look like dew. Although it may appear quite lovely, the Sundew actually captures its prey in an interesting but morbid way; using tiny glands found on the leaves which secrete a sticky mucilage. When insects come in contact with the mucilage, it captures them and slowly digests them.

When it comes to cultivation, Sundews are generally rosette-forming plants that prefer sunny conditions, and a soil mix of 1 part sphagnum moss peat to one part sand will suit most species. When planting these hardier varieties, it's important to provide full sun and less water, and to ensure the soil is well draining. Pot growing is also recommended for colder areas.

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