An evergreen carnivorous perennial, with rosettes of long, narrowly spoon-shaped leaves, covered in glandular red or pink hairs which are used to trap and digest insect prey. Clusters of pink flowers are produced from spring to autumn, and occasionally into winter
Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height1–2 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming
Drosera, commonly known as the sundews are one of the largest genera of carnivorous plants. They are perennial or (more rarely) annual, upright herbaceous plants forming either prostrate or upright rosettes, and can live for up to 50 years.
- Name status
How to grow
In frost-prone areas, grow under glass, in full light but with shade from hot sun, and keep continually moist by standing in a saucer of rainwater. In warmer climates, grow in full sun in wet, acidic conditions such as a bog garden.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Conservatory and greenhouse
No pruning required
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