Oblong-leaf Sundew, also known as Spoonleaf Sundew and Spatulate Leaf Sundew, is a carnivorous plant that grows in water or very wet soil. It has green leaves with red tentacles and oblong, spatula shaped leaves. The leaves are hairy and have moisture droplets on them. The moisture droplets glisten in the sun (this is where the sundew gets its name) and are very sticky. Insects are attracted to the glistening leaves and are trapped in the sticky moisture on the leaves. The hairs on the leaf begin to bend toward the insect, trapping it. The moisture droplets actually begin the digestive process for the plant and the leaves eventually fold over the insect so the plant can absorb the nutrients from the insect. Oblong-leaf Sundew a fascinating plant and very educational!
Height Grows 2 - 8 inches tall
Width 1 - 3 inch spread
Sunlight Requirements Full sun to part shade outdoors--Bright light indoors
Moisture Requirements Wet, great for wet bog areas and waterlogged soil in containers
Blooms Blooms July through August with small, white blooms tinged with pink
Zone Grow well in temperate climates and require a dormancy period (May be grown indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse)
Plant Oblong-Leaf Sundew in a small, (six inches), shallow container using a 50/50 mix of sand and peat that has been rinsed with mineral-free water. Moisten this sand/peat mixture with mineral-free water and place container in full sun to part shade. Keep the crown of the plant above water. Plants emerge in the spring, grow well in temperate climates throughout the summer into fall and do require a dormancy period in the winter. To propagate these plants from leaf cuttings, cut a portion of a leaf from the plant and float it in mineral-free water for about three weeks. Small plantlets should form and may be planted in the waterlogged, peat/sand mix that has been rinsed with mineral-free water.
Pondmegastore Tip Insects supply nutrients to carnivorous plants that are missing from the soil. Fertilizers are not recommended.
Fun Fact: Drosera comes from the Greek word droseros, meaning 'covered in dew'.