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Drosera rotundifolia

Phonetic Spelling
DROSS-er-uh ro-tun-dih-FOH-lee-ah
Description

Roundleaf Sundew is a native carnivorous perennial found in boggy areas of mountains, or along coastal plain wetlands. It is found along the Little River in the sandhills and in the western mountains of North Carolina. It grows 2-10 inches high with a shallow root system. The round leaves generally are flat or nearly so to the ground and the flowering stalk uncurls to reveal small white 5-petaled blooms in summer.

The leaves have a sticky substance to which small prey adheres. Stalked glands near the edge of a leaf slowly bend inward, securing and placing an entrapped organism in the digestive area of stalkless glands. This allows the plant to grow in nutrient-poor areas. 

This plant grows in acidic boggy areas in sun to partial shade. It can be grown in bog gardens and even terrariums but must be given a dormancy period. It does best in cool summer climates.

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Tags:
#white flowers#acidic soil#carnivorous#native perennial#NC native#wetland#food source summer#food source fall#Coastal OBL#Piedmont Mountains OBL#bog gardens#audubon
 
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Tags:
#white flowers#acidic soil#carnivorous#native perennial#NC native#wetland#food source summer#food source fall#Coastal OBL#Piedmont Mountains OBL#bog gardens#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Drosera
    Species:
    rotundifolia
    Family:
    Droseraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Northern Hemisphere
    Distribution:
    AK , AL , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MS , MT , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV Canada: BC
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 2 in. - 0 ft. 10 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Carnivorous
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Prostrate
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit is a capsule with many small, light brown seeds. Displays from July to October
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small white to pinkish flowers occur at the end of a long, leafless stem rising above the leaf rosette. The flowers are about ¼ inch wide, with five petals and five tiny sepals. The flowers grow in one-sided clusters. Bloom from June to September.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Orbicular
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Small basal rosette of reddish, sticky round leaves 3/4 inch across. The upper surfaces are covered with reddish, glandular hairs, each tipped with a clear, sticky secretion.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Leaf stalks are green or red and flat, ½ to 2 inches long, and covered with fine hairs. The flowering stem is tightly curled and unfurls as the flowers bloom.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Water Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil