One of my rare appearances here, to ask about a rare plant. I'm
thinking of growing the carnivorous Portuguese sundew or dewy pine
(/Drosophyllum lusitanicum/, neither a sundew nor a pine). I've looked
at a number of Web sites on it, and some say it likes dry climates,
while others say it needs humidity at least 50%. I can't give it 50%
humidity all the time here in New Mexico, or not without more effort
than I want to put out. Does anyone know whether it really needs that?
Also, the Web sites say it's a remarkable effective "predator", even
catching and digesting fairly big flies. Do I have to worry that it
will kill digger wasps (which I like having around) or honeybees (which
I hope will pollinate my little desert fruit trees) or butterflies? I
suppose if these plants were really effective at reducing insect
populations, everyone would have them.
A couple links for anyone interested in this weird plant:
Jerry Friedman hopes this isn't a duplicate post.