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Common Name: Sundew
A fly caught by the sweet but very sticky liquid on the leaf hairs
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Drosera peltata is a Evergreen Annual/Perennial up to 0.25 metres tall.
It has medicinal uses.
The plant is slightly toxic according to one report[
E. Asia - China to the Himalayas.
Grassy slopes, 1500 - 3600 metres in the Himalayas[
]. Wet places in Japan[
]. Sunny hillsides in China[
Prefers a sandy peaty soil, succeeding in poor soils and in bogs[
An insectivorous plant, it can survive in nitrogen poor soils because it gets the nutrients it needs from insects[
]. The upper surfaces of leaves are covered with hairs that secrete a sweet sticky substance[
].This attracts insects, which become smeared with it and unable to escape - the plant then exudes a digestive fluid that enables it to absorb most of the insect into its system[
A highly variable species in the wild[
This sundew is not very hardy in Britain and is best treated as a greenhouse plant[
The plant is anodyne, blood tonic and carminative[
]. It is used in India in making gold bhasma, which is antisyphilitic, alterative and tonic[
The crushed leaves, with or without salt, have been used as a blistering agent[
]. This can be of value as a poultice since it brings more blood to the area and helps speed the clearance of toxins in arthritis and rheumatism[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a free-draining soil with some charcoal added and with a layer of finely chopped sphagnum moss on top[
]. Surface sow and keep the compost moist. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 2 months at 20°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.