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.