: 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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Can be grown to flowering maturity from seed in a little over a year if fed often. The water-floating method works well for the “typical”, “Red”, and ‘Albino’ forms, but is very slow for the Bains Kloof and “Giant” forms.

I had better luck with those by propagating them directly on media. Place directly under fluorescent lights for the hightest success rate. The roots of Drosera capensis are long and thick- perfect for cuttings.

It doesn’t get easier than that! Drosera capensis tends capensjs form clumps over drosra, when the seeds scatter everywhere. Drosera capensis “Giant” a young plant.

Written and edited by Aaron May. Drosera capensis varieties 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 capensis originates from the subtropical Cape region of South Africa. Drosera capensis is commonly known to become a weed in sundew collections because the tall flower stalks produce copious amounts of seeds.

Most forms of D. I will further describe each form towards deosera bottom of the page. Drosera capensis ‘Red’ not fed grown under lights behind the typical form of D.

This is a fantastic form of D. The plant can become quite large, since the leaves can reach 2. This plant does a great job at maintaining its growth without being fed once it reaches maturity.

However, while growth is maintained, If grown indoors and left unfed, it will flower much less or not at all. It is commonly available from many carnivorous plant vendors and is a great sundew to start with! Forms a stalk over time.


Under bright light, the leaf lamina develops yellow-green coloration.

Plants Profile for Drosera capensis (Cape sundew)

The plant to the right was grown via the tray method indoors. The growth habit is virtually the same as the “typical” form. This plant will have more of an ‘Albino’ look if given less light. While some growers report that it capensix well in lower lighting, I prefer giving this sundew as much light as possible so that the pink coloration can reach its full potential. Drosera capensis Bains Kloof Check out my youtube video of this sundew!

This form of Drosera capensis remains rather compact and the leaves do not get very large, regardless of how much it is fed, or how tall droseea a pot I have used. It gradually forms a stem dgosera time, which is supported by dead growth.

This sundew has never flowered for me. Drosera capensis “Broad-Leaf” This is a stunning form of D.

I do not have this form yet, but hope to in the near future. When fed, the leaves reach around 1. The petioles can become quite wide, depending on lighting and other factors, which provide this sundew with erosera varying appearance. Forms a stem slowly over time.

Drosera capensis

Drosera capensis “Giant” Supposedly, this plant is supposed to reach 60cm tall, and I have seen a picture of the true form. However, I believe that many “Giants” circulating around in cultivation are not the true “Giant” form.

In my experience, I’ve noticed that the petioles are more elongated in comparison with the leaf than the ‘Typical’ form. Can grow well in pretty much any medium.

I have successfully grown Drosera capensis in 1 peat: Be sure to rinse your media before you use it Media moisture: Drosera capensis grow in most sizes of pots. I’d recommend 4 inches or taller, since Drosera capensis can develop a a long, branching root system.


A tall pot will allow the roots to spread out, so the plant can reach its maximum height. Leaves will curl and fold drastically around food within a few hours. My typical form of D. Drosera capensis ‘Albino’ will also generally form a stem over time. The ‘Red form’ grows about the same size as the ‘Typical’ form, but its leaves are narrower. Has grown well for me in the temp range of degrees F.

Give Drosera capensis subtropical conditions. Drosera capensis ‘Typical’ can develop red-orange leaves in intense light. The ‘Red’ form will turn completely red if given enough light. Drosera capensis ‘Albino’ form will develop light pink tentacles under strong lighting.

Can be grown year-round if given subtropical conditions year-round ie. I recommend using the tray method. Growth will resume when temperatures rise to 40 degrees F again. If temperatures briefly drop below freezing, or if the media dries out completely in the warmer months, the vegetative growth above the ground will die. However, never give up on your plant- Drosera capensis frequently comes back from the roots once provided with favorable conditions again!

Very hard to permanently kill once established. Drosera capensis generally produces hundreds of seeds on its own. With most varieties, they will readily self-pollinate.

Once, when fed often, my ‘Typical’ and ‘Albino’ forms have produced huge flower stalks, which created around seeds per stalk.

I have had issues with Drosera capensis ‘Red’, but I think it is because the stalk gets burnt in my lights. My Drosera capensis Bainskloof and “Wide-Leaf” have never flowered for me. Propagation Techniques click here to learn more about propagating sundews Seed: Drosera capensis Bains Kloof.

Drosera drosea “Wide Leaf”.