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Drosera pilosa

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A rare African tropical sundew, this species is probably widespread throughout the African tropics in high mountain peat bogs, marshes and seepage sites; it is currently only found above 2,000 metres above sea level.

Afrian tropics


  • Climate: tropical (Highland)
  • Life-cycle: perennial
  • Form: prostrate
  • Leaf: small, red
  • Trap: small, red

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Scope of delivery

  • Vigorous plants, repotted in the current season, in high-quality soil
  • Brick-coloured pot made of recycled plastic (6.5 cm diameter)
  • Care guides
  • Free access to our plant doctor care service

Care instructions

How we grow tropical (Highland) Drosera?
In-vitro plants are acclimated in a Grow Chamber with controlled temperatures and humidity. This indoor setup ensure an easy adaptation to extra-vitro condition, guaranteeing the best conditions for plants in this delicate stage. All plants available at the Diflora shop have been acclimatized for at least 3 months. After this first step the plant is brought outside, under direct sunlight with the classic tray system as watering method and so, keeping always some amount of water in the tray. As with the majority of carnivorous plants, we use distilled water produced by our reverse osmosis system.

Like most carnivorous plants belonging to the sundew genus, tropical (Highland) sundews need a lot of light and sun, but to prevent temperatures from rising too high it is advisable not to expose them to direct sunlight, especially during the hottest hours of the day.
Many experienced growers prefer to grow these carnivorous plants in temperature-controlled terraria (ensuring the temperature difference) and this is the perfect solution for even the most demanding tropical (Highland) Sundews.

Tropical Drosera likes stagnant water all year round (3-4 cm of distilled water always in the saucer). This serves to faithfully imitate the natural environment in which they live. It is important to use only distilled water or alternatively all waters that have an extremely low mineral salt content. For example rainwater or all condensation water (air conditioner, dehumidifier). It’s important that the conductivity measures below 50 micro-Siemens.

While 50% peat and 50% perlite is fine as a general substrate, we recommend the Drosera substrate we have developed and tested for optimal growth of this genus.

Seasonality and temperatures:
Being tropical, the sundews of African mountains fear the cold.  They may perish if exposed to temperatures below 15°C for a prolonged period. However, they generally manage to overwinter inside a cold greenhouse or a double window without major problems.
Ideally, they should have a well-ventilated terrarium with artificial lighting in which they can replicate their natural conditions as tropical mountain plants: constant temperatures all year round of around 15°C at night and 20-25°C during the day.
If we opt for overwintering in a cold greenhouse or in a double window, we have to pay particular attention to the temperatures.

Additional info:
For more cultivation information visit our care guides or use our plant care support by writing to ilpigliamosche@diflora.it


Diflora has begun the propagation of this Drosera using seeds germinated in vitro in our laboratory. This specimen was chosen for its uniqueness in terms of shape and color, resulting in a distinctive product in the market.

Trapping technique

Drosera catch mainly small flying insects using sticky modified trichomes placed all over their leaves. These trichomes secrete droplets of water and polysaccharides attracting insects that are searching for sugary substances, like nectar. As the unawares visitors fatally fly on those sweet and lethal leaves, they stay glued and unable to fly away. It is caused mainly by droplet viscosity. Slowly, the viscous liquid from the nearby trichomes envelops the insect, sealing a macabre fate for the unfortunate victim: the tracheas, respiratory holes placed on the surface of the exoskeleton of insects, are obstructed causing their death by suffocation.



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