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Joseph Clemens

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Sep 9, 2002
Tucson, Arizona
Now that I'm actively working to restore my CP collection, I'm giving serious thought, as to which Drosera to include first, in my newly regrowing collection. Of course, I've already started with Drosera regia 'Big Easy', Drosera schizandra, Drosera prolifera, and Drosera adelae. Through the almost fifty or so years that I've been growing CP, I've learned to appreciate Drosera, as much, or more, than many other CP genera. There are very few Drosera species that I don't consider, beautiful living jewels. There are a few exceptions, one that doesn't, usually make my list of living jewels, is Drosera arcturi. It generally makes too few leaves, and with minimal dew. Though in its own minimalistic way, it too is a living jewel.

One, special item, concerning Drosera - Sundews, is most are quite compact, and can be grown close together, in a rather small space. Complications, include the demanding environmental conditions that many of them require to survive and thrive.

And a great many more of these, (Drosera) living jewels, when provided suitable growing conditions, are quite difficult to contain (especially in their own pots), weedy species. Though many of these, despite their weediness, are gorgeous living jewels. I include, in the weedy list, such as;
Drosera admirabilis,
Drosera aliciae,
Drosera binata,
Drosera burkeana,
Drosera burmannii,
Drosera capensis,
Drosera capillaris,
Drosera collinsiae,
Drosera dielsiana,
Drosera indica,
Drosera natalensis,
Drosera nidiformis,
Drosera sessilifolia,
Drosera spatulata, and
Drosera venusta.

Most of these that I've listed above are tropical or subtropical species that often produce copious amounts of easy to germinate seed. Seed that is easily distributed into pots of adjacent plants, contaminating them. Other species, especially temperate, or tuberous species, could be included in this list, depending on your individual growing conditions.

I have saved some seed from many of these that I've grown, over the years. Hopefully I can get good germination of many. We will see.

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Nov 16, 2006
Los Angeles, CA
"... at this present moment I care more about Drosera than the origin of all the species in the world" - Charles Darwin