Drosera prolifera – The Hen and Chicks Sundew
I’m not sure why this sundew isn’t more common in collections; it’s literally named for its spectacular ability to proliferate.
Also known as “The Trailing Sundew”, Drosera prolifera is a perennial sundew that grows in a very small distribution near the summit of Thornton Peak in Queensland, Australia. Along with Drosera adelae and Drosera schizandra, it is one of the “Three Sisters from Queensland” as coined by Peter D’Amato in The Savage Garden.
Drosera prolifera grows in a rosette. Its leaves look like those wooden paddles you see moving pizzas in and out of woodfire ovens, only if the paddles were a couple inches long and the round part that holds the pizza were covered in little hairs producing gobs of insect-ensnaring gluey dew at their tips. These leaves can fold together like a sick, sticky sandwich when prey is captured.