Yes, I’m posting about them again…. I can’t help it!
This post is on request of Meeks. She lives a similar place to us so there is the possibility of having sundews growing in her garden too. Well, maybe not in her garden, thanks to the munching of the alpacas, but perhaps there might be a few bravely growing just out of nibbling reach on the other side of the fence.
As you can see, with the help of my ring for scale again, they are small enough to pretend to be grasses and remain unnoticed. The tallest are about 20cm high but can be much smaller.
They are quite fragile things. I tried to put my ring in a better spot and each plant I gently placed it on immediately keeled over under the weight and glued itself to the ground with its sticky tentacles.
Never fear, I carefully unstuck all of them and stood them back up.
One plant tipped itself onto a large ant who was passing by who was no doubt quite startled to suddenly find itself under assault from above. It probably went home screaming something about Triffids to its friends…
Finally I found his little group who were the best option for comparison as they were all already stuck together and holding each other up!
I took this photo yesterday afternoon in the small window of time that the small light pink/white flowers that top each of the sundews was open. (click on it to see it more clearly)
Each of the white dots in this low-level landscape is one plant, generally only one flower per plant seems to open at a time.
The flowers stay tightly shut when the sun is at its brightest and will only open when it has passed over.
I am surprised that any of the flowers are ever pollinated. After all, every other part of the plant wants to eat the bug doing the pollinating! Clearly the flowers are irresistible to some brave bugs out there.
I hope this helps you find some of your own fly eaters in your garden wanders Meeks.