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Sundew (common)

(Drosera rotundifolia)

Round-leaved (or common) sundew © Laurie Campbell.

Round-leaved (or common) sundew © Laurie Campbell.

Also known as "round-leaved sundew".

This crimson carnivore, heaves with glues and acids to trap and devour careless insects, attracted by its crimson tentacles and sticky, sugary secretions.

It was voted the County flower of Shropshire following a Plantlife poll in 2002. Wet bogs are still part of Shropshire's buoyant landscape of ridges and vales, especially in the west and present the round-leaved sundew with a habitat in which it can thrive.

Distribution

Most common in Scotland, Wales and the west of England. It is also strongly represented in the boggy, fenland areas of Norfolk.

Habitat

Round-leaved sundew is a bog plant, and so belongs to a precious and diminishing habitat.

Best time to see

Flowers June to August.