Etymology: Drosera: Greek droseros for "dewy" referring to clear glutinous fluid on leaves
Plants: erect, perennial, 2"-8" tall, reddish, insectivorous forb
Leaves: mostly in a basal rosette, stalked, roundish, wider than long, much shorter than the stalks, the upper surface with long glandular hairs to capture and digest prey
Flowers: white to pink, 5-parted, 1/2" wide; inflorescence a linear cluster (cyme) of stalked flowers that bloom from the top down, the tip nodding until the flowers open; blooms June-Sept.
Fruits: light brown, shiny, long seeds
Habitat: wet; bogs, shallows, peaty ditches
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7, Wetland Indicator = OBL Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine: Information and Photos USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USGS - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin Purple Sage - Ethnobotanical Information: Detailed usage, preparation, and other helpful information Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"