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. capensis 'Albino' -$7
Often erroneously called "Alba" or "var. alba," this horticulturally produced cultivar is a recessive gene that removes most of the anthocyanin pigment from the plant, leaving only tints of pink in the tentacles of well-lit specimens. Plants can grow to nearly 8" across (sometimes more, though often average around 4-6") and develop stems several inches high, with strap-shaped bright green leaves. Flowers are somewhat smaller than other cape forms, but just as self-fertile and pure white.
Available plants are semi-mature to mature at around 3-5" in diameter.
D. capensis "typical" x 'Albino'
Outcrossing can often result in notably more vigorous plants, and this is one good example. A standard line crossed with the recessive 'Albino' cultivar produces plants that look standard, but with very good growth easily reaching 6" or more in diameter and the potential, when allowed to bloom and set seeds, to produce both more typical plants as well as the white-flowered cultivar.
Available plants are semi-mature to mature, between 3-5" in diameter.
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. 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. sp. Lantau Island x spatulata 'Tamlin' -$6
This easy growing hybrid between two familiar parents develops rosettes up to 3" in diameter, with flat to semi-erect, roughly spoon-shaped leaves that tend to color from deep olive green with crimson tinges to solid wine red in good lighting. Flower stalks are tall, wiry, and bear delicate and extremely pale pink blooms. Like both of its parents, it may not divide often but readily buds off old roots and leaves to form colonies.
Available plants around 1.5" in diameter, minimum mature size.
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. tokaiensis x intermedia "Easton, MA" -$8
A diminutive cross with superficial similarities to D. rotundifolia or capillaris, but with a more tropical growth habit. Rosettes grow up to 2" in diameter (though often average between 1-1.5") with leaves bearing slender and somewhat hairy petioles and ovular to nearly round lamina. Color is often a bright yellow-green in the center with red tentacles or red-flushed lamina. Flower stalks are delicately thin and bear several small, right pink sterile blooms. This is a cross that propagates readily from old leaves or broken roots, and so will form colonies over time; best growth is under moderately warm conditions, as high heat or cold may trigger a pseudo-dormancy.
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. spatulata "Beenak, Victoria Au" x neocaledonica -$16
One of the most sought after and often finicky species, crossed with a variety of one of the most common and easy to grow, has produced a plant with the best of both worlds. This phenomenal hybrid can reach to just over 2 inches in diameter, with flat to just barely semi-erect rosettes of very narrow oar- or paddle-shaped leaves with medium-length petioles lined in spiky looking white hairs and lamina decked out in brilliant crimson tentacles. Color in the leaves themselves ranges from pure green, bicolor, to in strong enough light crimson red. The tall, wiry inflorescences bear several sterile, large and delicate pink blooms.
D. capensis "typical" x sp. Lantau Island -$9
One of several equally attractive version of this cross made here, this hybrid averages around 2-2.5" in diameter but can reach over 3" at times, with rosettes of relatively slender, semi-erect baseball bat-shaped leaves with short but notable petioles and a lengthy, tapered lamina. Color ranges from bright green with red tentacles to nearly solid red in strong light. Flower stalks can be lengthy, with numerous fairly large, bright pink sterile blooms. A great plant for singular display, or will eventually develop colonies.
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. x eloisiana 'Dr. Frankensnyder's Monster' -$10
A supposedly fertile polyploid of this typically sterile hybrid (formerly x belezeana if you prefer; I still question the need for a changed name), though it seems flowers are still a mystery goal for most growers (and a challenge to take on for new owners!). These plants develop spring rosettes up to 4" in diameter (summer/late fall rosettes, much like the rotundifolia parent, tend to be much smaller), with flat to semi-erect paddle-shaped leaves bearing slender petioles and not-quite-rounded lamina. Under good lighting, color will go from bright green with crimson tentacles and pink tints to solid red. As noted, blooms are unknown currently, though likely small and white, and offspring will probably not breed true but could be interesting. Old leaves will bud and plants divide at times, making for dense colonies. This is a winter-dormant plant.
Available plants currently are between 1.5-2" in diameter, semi-mature.
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. 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. 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. madagascariensis x spatulata 'Tamlin' -$15
A similar to but slightly smaller hybrid than 'Childhood Wishes', this is a plant slightly more prone to forming stems up to a few inches tall and can develop palm tree-like rosettes up to 3" or so in diameter, with tapered oar-shaped leaves whose tips often fold in half. Coloration is bright green with crimson blushing to a rich solid scarlet. Flower stalks are slender and wiry, bearing numerous small, bright pink sterile blooms. A great plant for singular display, this cross also can tend to bud from old roots or the base of bent stems, thus forming loose colonies over time.
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
An exciting homemade hybrid that really combines the best of both parents. This plant can reach up to 2 inches high/ nearly 4 inches in diameter (though may average around 2.5" across), producing semi-erect, very narrow leaves with spiny-looking hairs covering the petioles and slender paddle-shaped lamina. Color can often be green with red lamina or can flush crimson throughout in strong light. Flower stalks are very thin, wiry, and sport surprisingly large, very pale pink (almost white) blooms. As a sterile hybrid it will only spread via divisions or natural budding/division, and is great as a singular display plant in a pot.
Available plants are semi-mature, between 1.5-2.5" in diameter.
D. spatulata "white flower" x tokaiensis -$4
If you want easy to grow, this is one of the best fits. A cross between two already supremely easy species, this semi-fertile hybrid develops rosettes that can reach nearly 3" in diameter (though averages 1.5-2"), with flat tapering leaves sporting slightly wider lamina and, under good lighting, solid crimson colors. Flower stalks are of moderate length and can sport numerous small, bright pink blooms. Best grown with the expectations of being a colony plant as roots and old leaves will bud and plants will divide over time.
Available plants are mature, around 1.5" in diameter.
D. 'Anemone' -$15
This cultivar is a cross of D. sp. Lantau Island x capensis 'Albino'. Like the other Lantau x cape crosses it has the potential to reach nearly 4" in diameter with semi-erect, fountain-like rosettes of baseball bat-shaped leaves. Unlike the other versions of the cross though, this variety seems to prefer staying more squat and compact at around 2" across, and develops colors that range from red-tinted green to nearly solid scarlet with the faintest green tone in the center of the leaves. Flowers are borne on tall stalks and quite large, sterile, and bright pink.
Available plants are mature at approximately 1.5-2" in diameter.
D. anglica "Alakai Swamp, HI" x oblanceolata "Sunset Peak" -$12
This unusual hybrid bears a strong resemblance to D. x nagamotoi, but with a more upright and slender profile. Plants can grow to nearly 2" tall and 4" across, with semi-erect elongate paddle-shaped leaves. Under good light, they can turn nearly solid crimson. Flower stalks are wiry and bear several large, exceedingly pale pink sterile blooms. A great candidate for singular display, but will also over time spread via division and budding plantlets on old leaves.
Available plants are around 2"+ in diameter, semi-mature.
D. spatulata "Royal National Park, Sydney Au" -$6
This is a vigorous and rapidly spreading form of the species that grows on average between 1.5-2" in diameter, flat rosettes of tapered leaves that are often bright green overlain with red flushes, sometimes to solid red under strong enough light. Flower stalks are short but bear several small, hot pink, self-fertile blooms. As these seeds spread easily and the plants may divide or bud from old roots over time, they often quickly form carpets of plants.
Available plants are mature, around 1-1.5" in diameter (but can get larger once planted individually).
D. aliciae x spatulata ('Tamlin' x "Royal Natl. Pk. Sydney") -$14
A Carlton Carnivores original cross and a hybrid you'd think would be more common...plants grow to around 2.5" in diameter (sometimes slightly larger) with broad flat rosettes of narrow, wedge-shaped leaves. Coloration is often bright green with crimson tentacles but under strong enough light plants can also flush completely crimson. Flower stalks are tall, wiry, and bear numerous sterile but large bright pink blooms. A great plant for singular display, but old leaves and sometimes roots may bud, or divisions form, producing colonies over time.
Available plants are semi-mature to mature, around 2" in diameter.
D. sp. Lantau Island x tokaiensis -$8
This hybrid is a cross between two very easy plants, and is similarly a breeze to grow. Rosettes up to 2 inches in diameter form from flat paddle-shaped leaves with ovular lamina just a little wider than the original Lantau Island parent; coloration is rich green with crimson tentacles, sometimes the leaf tips flushing red as well. Flower stalks are tall and wiry, and bear numerous large, bright pink sterile blooms. This is an excellent colony display plant, as it will eventually bud from old leaves, divide, or sprout from old roots to form mats of plants.
Available plants are mature, 1.5-2" in diameter.
D. spatulata 'Royal Natl. Pk. Sydney" x anglica "Oregon" -$7
This homemade version of D. x nagamotoi grows to around 1.5-2" in diameter maximum, with flat to slightly raised rosettes of elongate paddle-shaped leaves colored in bright greens often flushed with crimson or even nearly solid red. Medium-sized, wiry stalks are regularly produced bearing several small, bright pink sterile flowers. This is a great colonial plant, growing several slightly spaced out and over time they will fill in as they divide or bud from old leaves and roots.
Available plants are mature and around 1.5" in diameter.
D. intermedia "Carolina Giant" -$10
A highly variable and widespread species, this variant as the name suggests comes from the Carolinas, rosetted rather than stem-forming in nature and capable of growing to more than 4" in diameter (though 2-3" is common especially in colonies). Leaves spread out in pincushion fashion, with narrow, lengthy petioles and small, teardrop-shaped lamina, all colored in bright green with red tentacles (flushing red in the strongest light). It blooms profusely throughout summer, with curving stalks supporting several small, self-fertile white flowers. As a temperate variety it will go dormant in winter, and plants regularly divide and bud from old leaves.
Available plants are around 2-2.5" in diameter, minimum blooming size.
D. tokaiensis x brevifolia -$6
This diminutive homemade hybrid looks much like a miniaturized D. tokaiensis, rarely exceeding more than an inch across with flat rosettes of paddle-shaped lamina bearing narrow petioles and broad, slightly tapered lamina, colored bright green with red tentacles and edges to almost solid scarlet. They bloom nearly constantly, sending up gland-covered stalks of hot pink sterile flowers. This is a great colony display plant, as even a single individual will over time divide and bud from the leaves or roots to form mats of traps.
Available plants are mature and around an inch across.