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Narrow-Leaved Cape Colony Sundew

Drosera capensis

Also known as

Cape Sundew

Drosera capensis flower 2 Darwiniana by Michal Rubeš (CC BY 3.0 cz)

Partial Shade
Advanced care
Frequent watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A pink Drosera capensis flower on a plant
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A photo of Narrow-Leaved Cape Colony Sundew
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Narrow-Leaved Cape Colony Sundew Overview

Drosera capensis is a perennial carnivorous plant from the Droseraceae family. It is found commonly in the Cape winter-rainfall regions of South Africa, growing in well-drained, moist, sandy soils on hills, slopes or flats in fynbos areas and in open clearings or post-fire when vegetation is low. Commonly known by the names Narrow-Leaved Cape Colony Sundew or Cape Sundew. This plant can produce rose-pink flowers all year round. The most interesting characteristic of this plant is its ability to digest the nutrients, especially the nitrogen, it requires from insects caught in its stalked tentacles. Some Sundews leaves form basal rosettes, but others don't and form upright plants. This narrowleaf species has rosettes of lance-shaped leaves fringed with red or green hairs that trap and digest insects. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Narrow-Leaved Cape Colony Sundew

How to propagate Narrow-Leaved Cape Colony Sundew


Prepare a 90mm pot with growth medium; water well. In autumn sow fresh seeds on the surface in moist growth medium, do not cover with soil. Place in a semi-shade position, germination takes 2-4 weeks.


Over time little suckers will emerge next to the mother plant that can be seperated when big enough.


Propagate from seed, by division or root cuttings.


Special features of Narrow-Leaved Cape Colony Sundew

Indoor plant

Keep soil moist watering every other day, provide morning good sunlight.

Pot plant

Well drained sandy soil medium is best, 2 parts sand or silica grit: 1 part peat or sphagnum moss, in 9-15cm pots. It is important not to over-pot plants.

Attracts useful insects

Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Wet sites

Other uses of Narrow-Leaved Cape Colony Sundew



Droseras make fascinating house and conservatory plants around the world. They are better suited to being grown outdoors. But grow them under roof, in South Africa, if you wish to retain their vivid red colouration . Plants can be brought indoors for short periods for display.


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