If you took a shrink-ray to a Drosera, you’d end up with the Pygmy Sundew. Often smaller than a USD penny, these plants frequently clump into small colonies that can be overlooked for moss if you don’t have a magnifying glass. Growing in Western Australia, they are adapted to warm-temperate to subtropical and Mediterranean-like climates with hot, dry summers and cool winters ranging from 30-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Their soil is mostly sand (grow in 2-parts washed sand to 1-part peat) and dries out during the summer months causing the plants to go dormant.
Not to worry – during the wetter winter months, these plant sprout back to life and asexually produce pinhead-sized gemmae (brood bodies) that cluster around the center of the plant. Each gemma is attached to a tightly-coiled hair that, when struck by a raindrop, launches the gemma (up to several feet!) away from the parent plant. Landing in soil, these gemmae root up quickly and sprout brand new pygmy sundews. These child pygmies are clones (genetically identical) of the parent plant, and are the reason you quickly get beautiful clumps of pygmy sundews. Who needs seeds, right? Well, they actually produce seed, also… So, suffice it to say, you can quickly propagate a small carnivorous army of pygmy sundews in cultivation.
They’ll grow happily in cool and warm greenhouses, terrariums, outdoors in pots and bog gardens in warm, sunny conditions, and will begrudgingly tolerate light frosts. Use the water tray method and, if grown in terrariums, reduce the photoperiod (length of light throughout a given day) during autumn to promote gemmae production. – You do want a miniaturized carnivorous army to do your bidding, right?