Plant of the Day: Drosera erythrorhiza ssp. squamosa

Drosera erythrorhiza ssp. squamosa
by Kirk Hirsch

Drosera erythrorhiza ssp. squamosa

Drosera erythrorhiza ssp. squamosa

Drosera erythrorhiza ssp. squamosa is striking with its colourful red band around the leaf margin. The larger leaf, flat rosette tuberous sundew also glistens in the morning dew.

The plant is relatively easy to take care of, I find.

  • Keep it in sun when it emerges once the weather cools down in autumn for best colour. In partial sun, the plant is more green. A good way to perk the plant up is to put it out in the first rain after the March equinox.
  • Keep moist from then on until it begin to die back in dormancy, but sitting in no more than 2 cm of standing water.
  • It grows best in larger pots — three parts sand to one part peat. Keep an over-pot around it to keep the tuber cool.

Drosera erythrorhiza ssp. squamosa is the first of the tuberous sundews to go dormant, by about September or so.

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