A small, carnivorous plant of bogs, Roundleaf Sundew produces arches of small white flowers from July-August which turn to slender stalks of bead-like seed capsules. Leaves are rounded and covered with drops of clear sticky liquid which entrap small insects. Tiny stalks on the leaves then turn inward to digest the nutrients of the trapped prey. This allows sundews to grow in very nutrient-poor conditions, and in fact this species has a very shallow, unenthusiastic root system because of the wet conditions it prefers and its ability to acquire nutrients from the prey it digests with its leaves. Tolerates very soggy conditions, sand, acid soil, and sphagnum mats. A wetland indicator plant, this species is browsed by moose in Alaska, and is an important food source for bog-dwelling ant species, which opportunistically scavenge the insects caught by this species' leaves. Make sure you only buy this plant from reputable sources where you're sure it hasn't been dug from the wild (poached). As with all of our plants, Toadshade never digs any plants from the wild -- all of our plants are nursery propagated and grown right here at Toadshade.
2-10 inch tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 2a-9a
Native Range: ME south to GA, west to MS and across the northern border south through TN, IL, IA, SD, MT, ID and WA south through CA. Also present in AK, and a single protected bog in CO. Native to Canada in BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PE, and NS. Rare in MD, DE, GA, AL, MS, TN, IN, IL, IA, ND, SD, and CO.
Germination - Easy: Cold stratify 8 weeks
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