Sundews (Drosera rotundifolia)

The round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) is Britain’s only carnivorous plant and like most carnivorous plants has evolved specifically to live in nutrient-poor soils and instead of absorbing nutriment from the soil instead relies on catching and digesting small invertebrates like flies.


The sundew is a small species of plant typically only measuring an inch or so in diameter. It has a very characteristic appearance with small rounded leaves of red and green covered in hairs. These hairs in turn are covered in a sticky “glue” which makes the plant glisten in sunlight.


The sundew is a plant of bogs and damp moors and so areas with poor drainage which remain waterlogged year round are the best places to see them. The photograph here was taken at a bog in Norfolk where these plants can be seen from the safety of a board walk.

Drosera Seen In Norfolk
Drosera Seen In Norfolk


Typically the sundew relies on insects for it’s food of which flies are probably the common source of prey.

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