Sundew Plant Facts


There are about 130 different species of sundew plants that are indigenous to many locales worldwide. Sundews are easy to grow. They need very little care and no fertilizer. Just provide the right environment--they will provide their own food.

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Hardy sundews have thread-like leaves and grow to 7 inches tall. Tropical sundews have long pointed leaves that can grow as long as 6 inches. Pygmy sundews can grow as tall as 2 inches.


Sundew plants are insectivores, capturing and eating insects. They attract insects by secreting a mucilage-like substance in the morning. The insect gets stuck until it is digested by the plant.


Sundew plants grow in bogs where the soil quality is poor. They need a moist, humid environment.


Sundews need to be planted in Sphagnum moss, peat moss and perlite. Sundews do best when planted in a terrarium.


Sundews need to be kept in direct or just slightly filtered sunlight. Only rain water or distilled water should be used as the salt and elements in tap water can be harmful.


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