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Drosera montana (Drosera montana)


Drosera montana is a subtropical, small carnivorous plant, about 2 inches, sometimes a little more, from the Brazilian mountains and plateaus, and Venezuela; so it doesn't mind a little frost for a subtropical. The greens leaves have red glandular hairs that make it look like entirely red from a distance. Leaves are slender and tapered. The bloom is red, long, with small pink flowers on the top. It blooms at late Winter or early Spring. The visiting insects are attracted to the leaves by the glistening tips of the hairs. The leaves, curl around any captured prey like a fist. Once caught the insect is digested by the sticky digestive fluid poured out by the plant. This unique way of obtaining nitrogenous food enables these plants to live in soils poor in available nitrogen. Hardiness zone 10, (4°C/40°F) in Winter. Must be grown in the shade, and must be protected from direct sun. Temperatures should be kept below 22°C / 71°F by days, and nights around 10°C /50°F. It apreciates cold nights, but avoid frosts at all costs. This usually corresponds to typical Fall weather in temperate and Mediterranean climates. If your weather gets cool then hot again in the Fall, any young plants will need to be protected from warm temperatures. Drosera Montana does not go dormant in the wild, but sometimes slows down in the Winter. It vegetates on exposed rocks in rivers or other very humid places. It can be planted on rocks covered with blue algae, the rock must be already in a high moisture condition before planting this Drosera. There's no need to fertilize, as the plant relies on insects for food. You can also use a mix of 2 parts peat moss for one part sand.

Taxonomic tree

  • Domain: Eukarya

    • Kingdom: Plantae

      • Phylum:

        • Class: Magnoliopsida

          • Order: Caryophyllales

            • Family: Droseraceae

              • Genus: Drosera