Sundews are one of the most diverse carnivorous plant genera in the world, with more than 200 species from temperate to tropical regions of the planet and everywhere in between. Some are nearly bomb-proof and perfect for new growers, while others require special care and attention to fit their needs.
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D. multifida -$12
One of the fork-leaf complex, this species can reach more than 2 feet tall, with foot wide leaves bearing up to 16+ branches colored bright yellow and red. Tall stalks bear self-sterile white flowers. Grown outdoors, fully acclimated to full sun and low humidity; does well as a warm-temperate or subtropical plant. -Currently in dormant state
D. 'Marston Dragon' -$8
A cultivar cross between D. dichotoma x multifida, capable of reaching up to 2 feet tall with foot wide leaves. Branches are fewer but thicker than the multi-fork leaf sundew, retaining a more golden background color with red tentacles. Grown outdoors, fully acclimated to full sun and low humidity; does well as a warm temperate or subtropical plant. -Currently in dormant state
Pygmy Drosera Gemmae -$5
Limited availability: winter gemmae season for pygmy sundews is in effect. Current species available:
D. roseana: small plants with semi-erect bushy rosettes of leaves with bright green petioles and pink lamina with red tentacles; flowers are white.
D. citrina: flat rosettes of very narrow paddle-shaped leaves colored bright green with peach or light red tentacles; flowers are white and lemon yellow.
D. pygmaea "green": tiny semi-flat rosettes no more than 0.5" in diameter, entirely bright green with white to barely peach tentacles; flowers are white.
Packets contain 20+ gemmae.
D. scorpioides "pink flower:" the "giant" of pygmy sundews with stem-forming rosettes of curving leaves nearly 2 inches across. Extremely limited, packets contain 10+ gemmae.
D. capensis 'Albino' -$6
Often erroneously referred to as D. capensis var. alba, this cultivar is the clasic white-flowered form of the cape sundew, capable of growing to a foot across (more often 4-8 inches diameter) with a stem-forming rosette of semi-erect strap-shaped leaves. Even in the brightest sun plants will stay green, though the tentacles can take on a bright pink hue. Large white flowers are self-pollinating, and can set copious seeds.
D. capensis "typical" x 'Albino' -$6
A robust and rapid-growing cross between the standard green and red cape sundew and the pink and white cultivar 'Albino'; plants average around 6 inches across with erect to semi-erect strap-shaped leaves, colored a rich green with scarlet tentacles. Flowers are pink, and they are self-pollinating; offspring may be typical capes or produce the 'Albino' cultivar.
D. capensis "red leaf" -$10
The classic red-leaved form with stem-forming rosettes up to 8 inches or so across (average 4-6"), and notably thin leaves that can appear rather green especially if not under very strong light, but will blush crimson with age and sport tentacles that are nearly always deep crimson. Well-lit, healthy plants can be nearly solid wine red throughout especially if exposed to cooler conditions. Flowers are large and a somewhat darker shade of pink than the typical form.
D. spatulata "white flower" -$5
A classic and common but easy-growing plant perfect for beginners; rosettes may reach over 3" in diameter, with semi-erect, elongate wedge-shaped leaves that readily blush bright crimson in good lighting. Once established wiry stalks are produced regularly, bearing numerous self-pollinating small white flowers. Though beautiful as a single display plant, this variety self-seeds and buds from old leaves or roots quite readily so it quickly develops dense colonies too.
D. natalensis "typical" -$8
This South African classic is an easy growing rosetted species, developing flat spreads up to 2 inches in diameter with broad, wedge or spoon-shaped leaves very similar to but smaller than D. aliciae, and with a longer petiole. In good light, plants may develop a nearly solid red color, though often remain a tinted yellow-green with crimson tentacles. The flower stalks are lengthy, supporting several pale mauve, narrow-petaled flowers that often bear darker centers. This is a species that does best in cooler conditions, and will divide or bud from the roots to form colonies over time.
D. spatulata "white flower" x sp. Lantau Island -$5
A perfect beginner's plant with two extremely vigorous, hardy parents, capable of reaching over 2 inches in diameter with elongate spoon or paddle-shaped leaves that range from green with crimson tentacles to solid wine red in good light. Once mature tall stalks are regularly produced bearing large, pale white sterile blooms. Will grow in just about any suitable CP environment.
D. sp. Lantau Island x anglica "Alakai Swamp, HI" -$14
This homemade hybrid is an attractive intermediate between the two parents, producing elongate paddle shaped leaves (that get progressively longer as the plant matures) in rosettes up to 2.5 inches in diameter, with colors of bright green with scarlet tentacles to a rich crimson throughout in good light. Short stalks are produced at maturity bearing several medium-sized, light pink sterile flowers. A highly tolerant cross though does best in warm, wet conditions and peat soils.
D. 'Alexandrite Aster' -$16
A potentially very large and extremely vigorous cultivar of my own creation, this plant averages 2-3 inches in diameter but can easily exceed 4, with broad flat rosettes of elongate wedge-shaped leaves bearing short petioles that often stay green and lamina that may be green to bright red with crimson tentacles; at different angles the color can appear to change, like the gemstone of the same name. Flower stalks can exceed 2 feet in length, and bear numerous sterile but very large, bright pink blooms. This is a fantastic singular display plant, but will sometimes bud off old leaves or roots and form colonies. Very tolerant of a wide range of conditions.
D. filiformis "FL All Red" x sp. Lantau Island -$14
Yes, this is in fact a filiformis cross. A homemade hybrid, plants average around 1.5" in diameter but can reach to nearly 3" in some cases, with stemless semi-erect rosettes of elongate "baseball bat" shaped leaves; short but distinct petioles and tapering wedge-shaped lamina show traits between the two parents. Color in proper lighting is typically a rich crimson throughout. Short, wiry stalks are occasionally produced, bearing moderately large, light pink flowers with rounded petals. Does best in a sandy wet soil and warm conditions.
D. spatulata "Ahipara Gumfields, New Zealand" -$7
The New Zealand highlands host several unusual and diminutive forms of this classic "spoonleaf sundew," sometimes with multiple distinct variants in any one site. This form from the far northern tip of North Island develops rosettes that rarely exceed 1.5" in diameter, with tapering wedge to semi-paddle shaped leaves painted in bright yellow-green and scarlet to solid poppy red. Tall (for the plant's size) wiry stalks bear several small, self-pollinating bright pink flowers.
D. capensis 'Albino' x sp. Lantau Island -$10
A Carlton Carnivores original cross, this hybrid develops semi-erect rosettes of elongate paddle shaped leaves that can exceed 3 inches in diameter, commonly bright green with red tinges and scarlet tentacles but strong lighting can flush the plants entirely crimson. Flower stalks can be massively lengthy, with numerous large, light pink sterile blooms.
D. intermedia "Carolina Giant" x kaieteurensis -$15
A Carlton Carnivores original hybrid, this spectacular plant develops firework-like rosettes up to 2.5" in diameter with thin paddle-shaped leaves that splay out in all directions and tipped in broad teadrop shaped lamina. New leaves are bright green with crimson tentacles, and as they droop with age they also develop deep red infusion for a bicolor appearance overall. The flower stalks are thick, slightly hairy, and support numerous impressive, broad-petaled white flowers. Though old leaves can sometimes bud to help form colonies, this is a cross more reluctant to do so on its own, and so does well as a singular display plant.
D. brevifolia x tokaiensis -$8
This diminutive hybrid produces rosettes that rarely reach more than 1-1.5 inches in diameter with short paddle shaped leaves that blush bright crimson in good light. Tall wiry flower stalks are produced regularly, and are covered in tiny glands much like in D. brevifolia; flowers are bright pink, and sterile. Commonly dividing, this hybrid will often rapidly form clumps and colonies.
D. brevifolia x sp. Lantau Island -$9
The shrinking effect of brevifolia is quite evident in this maternal-side cross that rarely exceeds 1.5 inches in diameter, bearing short, spoon-shaped leaves in a tight rosette that often flush solid wine red in good light. The flower stalks are short and wiry and covered in tiny glands, bearing large, very pale pink sterile blooms. Old leaves and roots often bud, making this a great colony plant.
D. sp. Lantau Island x brevifolia -$9
As in other D. brevifolia hybrids this cross has the look of a slightly miniaturized version of the other parent with very glandular flower stalks; rosettes reach no more than 1.5-2" in diameter with flat, paddle- or narrow wedge-shaped leaves that readily color in deep reds and underlying olive green in good light. The gland-covered stalks bear several moderately large, very pale pink sterile flowers with rounded petals. Old leaves readily bud, meaning it rapidly develops colonies.
D. oblanceolata x (ultramafica x spatulata? Hartmeyer) -$10
A homemade hybrid with a vigorous growth pattern and beautiful appearance. Plants develop rosettes of curving semi-erect paddle-shaped leaves up to 3 inches in diameter, which color in a bright orange-green to crimson in good lighting. Flower stalks are short and wiry, bearing several moderately sized sterile blooms with round petals so pale pink they appear white when open. This is a great singular display plant, though it can and will bud from old leaves to form colonies, and prefers cooler conditions but does well in a variety of environments.
D. spatulata ("white flower" x 'Tamlin') x anglica "Alakai Swamp, HI" -$8
One of several remakes of D. x nagamotoi here, this cross develops elegant rosettes averaging 1.5-2 inches in diameter but able to reach nearly 4 inches in some cases, with semi-erect elongate oar-shaped leaves that are typically bright green with crimson tentacles, but can blush red throughout if the lights are strong enough. Flower stalks are thin and tall, bearing several delicate white sterile blooms. A great singular display plant, these love to bud off old leaves or damaged roots and so form colonies quickly. very tolerant of a wide range of conditions.
D. aliciae x nidiformis -$10
A Carlton Carnivores original hybrid, this South African cross can develop rosettes nearly 4 inches in diameter, with semi-erect almost papery looking leaves with a slender wedge-shaped profile. Under good light, they readily flush an autumn red throughout. Flower stalks are intermittent, glandular and wiry, bearing numerous moderately large and sterile pink blooms. These are great singular display plants, though damaged or old roots readily send up plantlets so they form colonies over time. Likes cooler conditions, but tolerant of heat as well.
D. spatulata "Gold Coast, Queensland" -$7
One of many unique Australian forms of this species, a tropical plant that develops flat rosettes up to 3" in diameter with very narrow, strap or wedge-shaped leaves with a distinct petiole and long lamina. Under good light, the entire plant readily flushes a bright to wine red hue. Flowers are produced near-constantly, small and white and self-pollinating. A very attractive singular display plant, its abundant seed production and occasional old leaf or root budding also lends to quickly developing colonies.
D. 'Childhood Wishes' -$16
One of my favorite original cultivars, this cross of D. affinis "Uningi Pans, Zambia" x spatulata "white flower" develops spectacular spreading rosettes that can push nearly 5" in diameter on the ends of short to moderate length stems, composed of semi-erect elongate paddle-shaped leaves whose lamina are uniquely folded down their middle and the petioles have a slight covering of silver hairs. Plants may develop with bright green petioles and crimson lamina, or fully poppy-red blushed throughout depending on light, and once settled may produce long,wiry stalks bearing small sterile pink flowers. This is a spectacular stand-alone plant, but it will also occasionally produce plantlets from its roots to form colonies.
D. capillaris 'Emerald's Envy' -$10
This cultivar bucks the common species name of "pink sundew," with rosettes averaging 1-1.5" in diameter with semi-erect to flat, paddle=shaped leaves that even in the strongest light are evergreen, only the tentacles developing a rich pink to red color. Self-pollinating, small white flowers are produced regularly on narrow stalks, and both this seed production and proclivity to divide means this cultivar readily develops dense sticky colonies over time.
D. sp. Lantau Island x capensis "typical" -$9
One of several versions of this favored Carlton Carnivores hybrid, these plants can get large, more than 4 inches in diameter with rosettes of semi-erect spoon or club-shaped leaves that are often green in the lengthy petiole but nearly always crimson in the lamina or at least with scarlet tentacles, occasionally red throughout. The flower stalks can be huge, nearly 2 feet in length, and bear dozens of large, light pink sterile blooms. This is a fantastic singular display plant, though old leaves and roots occasionally bud plantlets so colonies form over time. Very tolerant of a wide range of conditions.
D. neocaledonica x oblanceolata "Sunset Peak" -$18
Two sought-after species crossed together to create a South-Asian hybrid with a truly unique appearance. Bearing the nearly erect leaves of D. oblanceolata with the hairy petioles and stocky stature of D. neocaledonica, this cross grows up to 2" in diameter and just over an inch tall, with elongate, very slender paddle-shaped leaves bearing petioles and lamina of nearly equal length covered in bristly hairs and colored olive green with crimson tentacles. Rarely, wiry stalks will bear large, very pale pink-peach (almost white) sterile flowers.
D. natalensis x tokaiensis -$6
Some might call me crazy for creating such a cross, but it is a fascinating hybrid. This Carlton Carnivores original cross has rosettes that look very close to D. tokaiensis, but stalks and flowers reminiscent more of natalensis. Rosettes grow to around 1.5" in diameter, with prostrate spoon-shaped leaves composed of semi-pubescent parallel petioles and semi-teardrop shaped lamina. Under strong light they readily color from rich olive green and red tinted to solid crimson with scarlet tentacles. Inflorescences are slender, slightly glandular, and bear small well-spaced blooms with narrow ovular, bright pink petals. As a sterile cross, it will also only spread via cuttings or natural division.