GORGINS DEWSTICK Roridula gorgonias

GORGINS DEWSTICK Roridula gorgonias

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Roridula gorgonias is an evergreen, shyly branching, upright shrub of up to about 1 m (3 ft, 60-100 cm) high, from the family Roridulaceae. It has awl-shaped leaves, with tentacles that secrete a sticky, shiny resin from the thicker gland at their tips, that catch many airborne items. Between July to October they produce flowers that are set in a spike with a terminal flower, and may consist of up to twelve star-symmertical flowers. The flower is about 2½ cm (1 in) in diameter and has pinkish purple or white petals. The plants do not digest the trapped insects, but the bug Pameridea roridulae sucks out their juices and the plant absorbs nutrients from the bug's droppings. It is therefore considered a protocarnivorous plant. It is called Gorgons dewstick, fly bush or fly catcher bush in English. R. gorgonias is an endemic species home to the southwest of the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Hardiness zones 8-12. Plants do not have a winter dormancy, so have a pleasant appearance all year round. Very rare, in demand, and in limited supply!

Seeds per pack: 3

Germination: The seeds require light to germinate, so do not bury the seeds. Place in a location that is sunny, with very warm daytime temperatures. Be sure to keep them lightly moist at all times. Seeds germinate anywhere from a couple weeks, to several months, each seeds can be different.

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