Connecticut Plants
Spatulate-leaved Sundew (Spoon-leaved Sundew)
Drosera intermedia Hayne

Sundews trap insects on the sticky hairs of their leaves, then digest them for nutrients. (The bogs in which sundews grow are typically low in nutrients.) Connecticut has three species of sundew, most easily distinguished by leaf shape. The photos below compare the leaves of spatulate-leaved sundew, round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), and thread-leaved sundew (Drosera filiformis).

  • Family: sundew (Droseraceae)
  • Habitat: bogs near the coast
  • Height: 2-8 inches
  • Flower size: 1/4 inch wide
  • Flower color: white to pale pink
  • Flowering time: June to August
  • Origin: native
Drosera intermedia Hayne
Drosera intermedia Hayne

Spatulate-leaved sundew.

Drosera intermedia Hayne

Round-leaved sundew.

Drosera intermedia Hayne

Threadleaf sundew.