These bizarre plants inhabit bogs in many parts of the world. Leaves vary from narrow and arching to almost round, but all are covered with small hairs that hold drops of sticky liquid. These hairs trap and digest the insects that land on them, providing nutrients not found in the soil where it grows. All species bear small, five-petaled flowers.
Care for sundews as you would Venus's flytrap (Dionaea muscipula); the two can be grown indoors and make good companions for a terrarium. Outdoors, they thrive in full sun and constantly moist, peaty soil. Be sure to purchase only nursery-propagated plants that are grown from seed, division, or tissue culture; buying wild-collected plants depletes native populations.
- Native from Virginia south to Florida and west to East Texas.
- Small, low-growing plant, forming a rosette only 12 inches across.
- Spoon-shaped, inches-long leaves are covered with red hairs.
- White or pink blossoms about inches wide appear atop 3- to 6 inches-tall stems in summer.
- Same native range as Drosera brevifolia.
- Forms a tight rosette of short-stemmed, rounded, reddish leaves, each 1 inches long.
- Pink, inches-wide flowers bloom in summer on stems 216 inches tall.
- Native to the Coastal Plains from South Carolina to Florida, west to Louisiana.
- Reddish, threadlike, 4- to 10 inches-long leaves grow upright, unfurling like the fiddlehead of a fern.
- Blooms in spring, bearing lavender, 58 inches-wide blossoms on stems 39 inches tall.
- Native to bogs throughout North America.
- Grows 13 inches wide, with rounded, inches leaves on thin stems; leaves turn from green to bright red in sun.
- White to pink flowers, inches wide, on stems reaching 212 inches tall; blooms from summer to early fall.
- One of the easier sundews to grow.