One of the easier sundews to grow, Drosera binata Marston’s Dragon is large growing sundew.
This originally from boggy areas in tropical parts of eastern Australia and is a hybrid between Drosera binata var. multifida extrema ‘Staghorn’ x binata var. dichotoma ‘Giant.
Drosera binata itself is commonly called the forked sundew or fork-leaved sundew, so this gives an indication of the growth habit.
The leaves appear to be red, however are actually green, but covered with a dense layer of red glands.
This is one of the larger growing carnivorous plants, reaching up to 12 inches across it has a branching habit, with tips that are hooked.
How to grow Drosera binata Marston’s Dragon
- A boggy condition is essential as is a position in good sun.
- Best in a frost free position as even light frosts cause the leaves too die back.
- Use a commercial Carnivorous plant mix or a mixture of sphagnum moss and perlite.
- If growing outdoors try a position in part sun to afternoon dappled shade. Indoors try bright indirect light. Avoid a fully shaded position.
- As Marston’s Dragon can develop a trailing habit, growing in a hanging basket can provide a good display.
- In all condition keep the growing medium moist at all times.
Drosera binata is self pollinating, Drosera binata ‘Marston’s Dragon’ is usually propagated by division.