Drosera capensis 'Narrow red'
Introducing Drosera capensis 'Narrow' - The Elegant Narrow-Leaved Cape SundewDrosera capensis 'Narrow' is a captivating variety of the Cape sundew, originating from the Cape of South Africa. As the name suggests, this form of D. capensis features narrower leaves compared to the typical or wide form. Like all sundews, this perennial herbaceous plant produces strap-like leaves that can reach up to 1.4 inches in length (excluding the petiole). The leaves are adorned with brightly colored tentacles covered in sticky mucilage, serving as effective traps for arthropods.During the summer months of December and January in its native South African habitat, Drosera capensis 'Narrow' produces up to 50 pale-violet flowers that are over 0.8 inches in size. These flowers are borne on racemose inflorescences that can grow up to 14 inches tall. Notably, the flowers of 'Narrow' have the unique ability to self-pollinate upon closing. After pollination, they produce abundant quantities of very small, spindle-shaped seeds. Once the flowers have withered, capsules form to release these seeds. This sundew thrives in full sun locations with nutrient-poor, waterlogged, and lime-free soils, showcasing its adaptability to challenging growing conditions.When insects become trapped, the leaves of Drosera capensis 'Narrow' roll lengthwise toward the center. This rolling motion aids digestion by bringing more digestive glands in contact with the prey. Within an hour, the leaf completely surrounds the captured prey, while the tentacles continue to move, further securing the trap. Digestion of the prey takes well over 6 hours from the moment of ensnarement. This sundew has a tendency to retain dead leaves from previous seasons, and with time, the main stem can become long and woody.The captivating digestive secretions produced on the tentacles of Drosera capensis 'Narrow' entice and lure unsuspecting insects. The secretion acts as a visual signal, shining in the sun and through the tentacle tips. Additionally, it serves as a chemical attractant, drawing insects closer to their demise.Once a victim becomes ensnared in the tentacle secretion, the tentacles near the prey bend towards it until a portion of the tentacle-covered leaf wraps around the animal. Secreted enzymes initiate the digestion process, gradually breaking down the insect until only the chitin remains. Nutrient absorption occurs through the red tips of the tentacles, where the secretion itself is produced. If the victim decomposes to a point where the plant can no longer extract further nutrients, the leaf and tentacles return to their original position, ready for the next capture.To provide optimal care for Drosera capensis 'Narrow,' it is recommended to place the plant in full sun and ensure that it sits in a dish with approximately 2 inches of water at all times. This carnivorous plant is not cold hardy and should be protected from freezes to maintain its well-being. Furthermore, Drosera capensis 'Narrow' can also thrive in a terrarium environment with proper lighting, adding elegance and intrigue to these enclosed settings.Embrace the elegance of Drosera capensis 'Narrow' and appreciate its captivating trapping mechanisms. With its slender leaves and alluring characteristics, this sundew variety is sure to be a delightful addition to any carnivorous plant collection or terrarium.Size guide:Small plants come in a 3" potMedium plants come in a 4" potLarge plants will come in a 5" pot