Drosera paleacea is a pygmy sundew native to southwestern Australia. It produces scapes of small white flowers. Hot dry summers will cause D. paleacea to go dormant. Active growth resumes in the fall when moisture increases and temperatures return to moderate levels. During this time, D. paleacea produces several modified leaves called gemmae. The gemmae are spring-loaded by small hairs which cause them to burst out of the plant when struck by raindrops. After landing, the gemmae quickly grow into new plants.
Size and packing method: Because pygmy sundews have fragile roots, plants are shipped in small plugs of soil with biodegradable wrappers. Upon arrival, pot the soil plug including the wrapper to avoid root disturbance. Plants are about 1/4 of an inch in diameter when shipped.