Drosera intermedia (Spoonleaf Sundew)


Spoonleaf sundew is a fascinating little carnivore that captures and digests insects using stalked mucilaginous glands covering its leaf surfaces. The insects are used to supplement the poor mineral nutrition of the soil in which the plants grow. Like other native sundews, it requires a moist, acidic substrate  and will tolerate saturated conditions. It is fully hardy, even in northern climes. It emerges in spring and develops its characteristic green leaves with red tentacles. Drosera intermedia blooms from June through August, its modest white flowers borne on tall inflorescences. During its winter dormancy, spoonleaf sundew forms small round resting buds, called hibernacula.

This is an easy-to-grow bog species that thrives in waterlogged peat. It self-seeds freely and is a perfect companion for pitcher plants, bog orchids, and other acid-loving obligates. Note: Drosera intermedia, like all temperate sundews, requires a dormant period of at least four months.

Plants are shipped primarily during the dormant season, beginning in October and continuing through early winter. Be aware that during this time, most of the plants

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Height: up to 10 cm, but generally shorter
Color: leaves green or yellowish-green with red glands
Flowering Season: June to August (Great Lakes region)
Habitat: sphagnum bogs, fens, wet, acidic sand flats
Exposure: open and sunny
Associates: Depending on habitat, some of its showier associates include Drosera rotundifolia (round-leaved sundew), Calopogon tuberosus (grass pink orchid), Pogonia ophioglossoides (rose pogonia), Sarracenia purpurea var. purpurea (northern pitcher plant), Rhexia virginica, and Aletris farinosa (colic-root).

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