Like all Cape Sundews, Drosera capensis ‘Wide Leaf’ hails from South Africa, and is one of the heartiest Drosera around. They’re easy to grow and produce bountiful flowers atop long flower stalks that churn out thousands of seeds – often becoming weeds growing amongst your other carnivores. This wide leaf capensis is no exception.
Unique biology of Drosera capensis ‘Wide Leaf’
Leaves are 3 to 6 inches, strap-shaped and held upright by thick petioles. The bright green leaves are thickly covered with red dew-laden hairs. Like all Drosera capensis, the leaves will coil around captured prey to increase surface area of leaf-to-insect, maximizing the nutrients extracted.
The crown, or growth point, of wide-leafed Drosera capensis builds on top of itself as new leaves form on top of old, dead leaves. This results in a plant stem that scrambles up to six or seven inches.
Other notable characteristics
Wide leaf capensis can be pruned in late winter by simply beheading the plant – just snip the crown of leaves off. These leaves can be used for leaf cuttings to root up new plants that will mature quickly, while the remaining stem will send out shoots that form into new crowns. With multiple crowns from one stem, the plant will look like a small carnivorous bush.
The flowers are pink, and open sequentially along a one-to-two foot tall flowering stem. Seed production is copious.
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