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. 'Marston Dragon' -$10
This cultivar is a hybrid cross between D. multifida var. extrema x dichotoma, like many plants in the binata complex a hardy and sun-loving variety that can reach more than a foot tall and over 2 feet across, often more, with large leaves that tend to fork two to eight times. Each branch tends to curve upward at the tips like the claws of a bird or reptile, and leaves are colored in shades of greenish gold to orange with deep crimson tentacles. Once established it's also a flowering machine, constantly producing bifurcating stalks bearing large, white blooms that, while self-sterile, will cross with other plants in the binata group and set seeds.
Photograph is of a well-established mature colony. Available plants are divisions off a mother colony, 2-4 plants for the price; a potted small colony is $22.
D. multifida -$12
One of several species in the binata complex, this one produces impressive clumps that can measure over a foot tall and several wide, the leaves often starting to branch even when small or young (though not always; newly potted plants may take a couple months to make extra forks) and often average between 8 and 16 branches per leaf. Colored in shades of deep green to red-flushed and with crimson tentacles to top it off, they are phenomenal to behold in full growth. Large, self-sterile white flowers are produced on big, bifurcating stalks at the height of summer.
Photo is of a well=established mature colony. Available plants are divisions out of this mother colony, 2-4 plants for quoted price. A full potted small colony is $25.
D. aliciae -$14
One of the classic South African species, a robust grower once established that averages between 2-3" in diameter (sometimes larger) with flat, column-forming rosettes of wedge-shaped leaves. Under good light, they will develop a rich olive green to bright pinkish red hue throughout, and regularly send up long, wiry and glandular stalks that bear large, self-fertile pink flowers. Brilliant as a singular display plant in a deep pot, this species also likes to divide and bud from its roots fairly regularly and so will form dense colonies over time.
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. 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. venusta -$15
Very limited in quantity; this is a classic but somewhat less common South African species that bears a lot of similarities to D. natalensis, but gets larger and produces not flat rosettes, but leaves that stick up and out on healthy plants. Available plants are around 1.5-2" across but can reach over 3," with broad spoon-shaped leaves that develop rich orange to red colors in strong lighting. Flower stalks are occasionally produced, long and wiry and bearing delicate self-pollinating pink blooms.
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. 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. 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. 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. tokaiensis x sp. Lantau Island -$5
An easy cross between two easy parents; this hybrid develops rosettes of spoon-shaped leaves up to 2" or so in diameter, with distinct petioles and teardrop shaped lamina, all readily coloring olive green to solid crimson throughout. The flower stalks are moderately sized and slender, bearing several large, bright pink sterile blooms. This hybrid will often readily bud from old leaves or roots, forming 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.
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. 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. 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.
D. anglica "Germany" -$14
This is a large temperate form of the Great/English Sundew, with spring rosettes capable of developing leaves more than 3" tall; each leaf sports a long, narrowly tapered petiole and oar-shaped lamina, colored typically bright green with red tentacles but with age can flush red. I have yet to see flowers on this variety, but like other D. anglica they should be delicate white and self-fertile. As a temperate plant, they go dormant in winter (or sometimes early enough in mid-summer to have two growing seasons a year).
Available plants are between 2-3" in diameter and may be beginning to senesce toward hibernacula (which may be small but are more robust and easily shipped).
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.