By Paul Temple
This revised "Wisley guide" covers carnivorous - or insect-eating - crops
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4 cm) across. Upright plants, for instance D. peltata, have o n e or m o r e stems a n d m a n y taller species a p p e a r to rely on each other or other plants for support. They have n u m e r o u s leaves on obvious stalks, the leaves often being circular, with the top r e m o v e d as if bitten out to create a three-quarter-moon shape. T h e s e a p p e a r all the m o r e bizarre because of the relatively large n u m b e r of tentacles, w h i c h glisten beautifully in s u n s h i n e , giving rise to the c o m m o n n a m e , r a i n b o w s u n d e w .
Grandiflora, are invaluable for such a spot a n d beautiful even without their attractive flowers. On a really well d r a i n e d scree slope the t u b e r o u s s u n d e w , Drosera peltata, is well w o r t h a trial. T h e soil should be almost pure gravel or grit mixed with only a small proportion of m o s s peat. The plant will need shelter from w i n d a n d will not w a n t to be cold and wet, particularly in winter, so a cover m a y be required. It should do well in a situation w h i c h suits Soldanella.
Table 7: w i n t e r a n d s u m m e r t e m p e r a t u r e s suitable for lowland a n d highland Nepenthes Winter Day Night Summer Day Night Lowland species 70 ° F (21° C) m i n i m u m as high as possible H i g h l a n d species 64-71°F (18-22°C) 71-95°F (22-35°C) 50 52°F(11°C) minimum as cool as possible, b u t 52 °F (11°C) minimum T h e traps of monkey c u p s a r e found in a w i d e variety of s h a p e s a n d sizes All Nepenthes dislike sunlight a n d , although their tolerances vary, most prefer about 50 per cent shading.
Carnivorous plants by Paul Temple