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    Hi there!

    This sundew is one of my favourites by far and I would like to see her in flower (so far just my wishful thinking;-))). I searched this and other forums and ws for more information about flowering, but with little success. This is my first season with this species.
    My plant started erected growth about 2 weeks ago and it might very well be the fastest-growing sundew I know of. My guestion is, when does it usually flower (reaching what size/age?). I heard it is quite a challenge to make it flower in cultivation. Does she need direct natural sunlight to perform so? Or are artificial lights enough? Is she exigent of feeding, like other fast-growing dews?
    Here I post a pic I of the plant in my terrarium this morning. Thanx for any useful advice! :-)

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    you've got a beautiful plant klasac. D. cistiflora is known very well for its spectacular flowers, however, if i am correct, the blooming is the final show: after it sets seed, it dies. i dont remember if this plant if self fertile, but considering that every S. African species of Drosera i can think of is, chances are that it is as well.

    in addition to producing seed, i would take a couple of leaf cuttings now, just as insurance (use bottom rosette leaves)
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    Thanx amphirion for your prompt reply! I think d. cistiflora is self-fertile. The flowers are really something to see, that is why I posted this thread:-).Dont know whether this is red or white flower form. I did not know that after she flowers the curtains go down! Doesnt she maybe just go into summer dormancy or sth like that? How tall/long does she get? Sorry for so many questions, but I think the curiosity is a path to success:-)

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    you said there's a red or white flower form? i've only thought there were only purple and pink forms! as for height: it can reach up to heights of 30-33 cm. i also recall the savage garden noting that the pink form may come back instead of dying completely--but dont hold me to that... i think it's safer to assume that they all die after flowering, that way if it actually does come back, you can be pleasantly surprised.
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    Phil Faulisi shares his experiences with this species:

    http://carnivorousplants.homestead.c...ationPhil.html

    Flowers come in many colors, see Stewart McPherson's "Glistening Carnivores" or Andreas Fischerman's field photos he has been posting on CPUK and ICPS.
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    Thank you very much for your help! :-)

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