Taking wild/native CPs home? Algonquin Park?

bumblinBee

Seedling
I don't know much about CP conservation, but obviously we have native plants growing in Canada. Has anybody tried taking a portion of wild native CPs and growing them in their yard/indoors? Are there regulations around this? Have you had any success? Slightly off topic, but I've read a few articles about CPs growing in Algonquin Park, have any of you spotted them there? I'm thinking of visiting this spring to see if I can spot any.
 

Lloyd Gordon

Cactus micrografter newbie.
Staff member
Legally you can only take plant material from private lands with permission. You can get so much from legal sources that there's no reason to wild collect in Canada (or elsewhere, really). Also it's bad to wild collect or buy wild collected stuff. We want to appear nice (because we are nice) so no wild collecting.
 

Hal

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Staff member
Leave only footprints and take only pictures, as they say.
I've seen lots of CPs at Algonquin, but you're not likely to find them unless you go off the trails or road. Maybe there's a bog walk there where you can see them. Not sure where you are, but Frontenac Park north of Kingston is also pretty good for them. It's on a bit of the Shield that dips way south.
 

bumblinBee

Seedling
Legally you can only take plant material from private lands with permission. You can get so much from legal sources that there's no reason to wild collect in Canada (or elsewhere, really). Also it's bad to wild collect or buy wild collected stuff. We want to appear nice (because we are nice) so no wild collecting.
Leave only footprints and take only pictures, as they say.
I've seen lots of CPs at Algonquin, but you're not likely to find them unless you go off the trails or road. Maybe there's a bog walk there where you can see them. Not sure where you are, but Frontenac Park north of Kingston is also pretty good for them. It's on a bit of the Shield that dips way south.
Thanks, I had no idea! It never really occurred to me before to take wild plants home, as I've never had an interest in any native plants before I got into CPs. Glad to have dodged a bullet on that one! I suppose photos are the only CPs that will be coming home with me haha. Perhaps I should rephrase my question - I wonder if anybody has been given permission/access to wild CPs and tried converting them to an indoor environment? I imagine the whole process would be complicated.

@Hal Thanks for the tip! I'll have to see about taking a visit to Kingston then, that's closer to me than Algonquin for sure. Hopefully I can convince my mother to come with, she's a photographer and clearly a hefty expensive camera will be in high demand. I'll update with photos if I catch a glimpse of any!
 

bumblinBee

Seedling
Canadian CP's are not really indoor suitable. I'm growing some Canadian dews inside for fun but they're sort of confused. Better to get subtropical dews for the house.
Wow, that sounds like a fun project! Can I ask what kind of sundews and where you sourced them from?
 

Lloyd Gordon

Cactus micrografter newbie.
Staff member
I got some seeds from Carson, I believe, rotundifolia?, Canadian dews. They germinated like mad, and are growing in a few places. The ones in TC went into dormancy but are coming out now in a pot. Labels lost but they look cute.
 

stevebradford

Moderator
Staff member
@WillyCKH is going to have a bunch of fresh 2021 harvested Canadian Drosera rotundifolia seed real soon ;)

 

bumblinBee

Seedling
I got some seeds from Carson, I believe, rotundifolia?, Canadian dews. They germinated like mad, and are growing in a few places. The ones in TC went into dormancy but are coming out now in a pot. Labels lost but they look cute.
@WillyCKH is going to have a bunch of fresh 2021 harvested Canadian Drosera rotundifolia seed real soon ;)

Thank you both! I'll be looking into these, and Lloyd I'd love to see the progress yours have made if youre willing to upload some photos? :)
 

Lloyd Gordon

Cactus micrografter newbie.
Staff member
They are all temperate dews from your seeds. The left one is from TC and seems to be coming out of dormancy. The others are one species that I threw on a gibba mat and I put them in the pots after germination. I forget what they were, intermedia, anglica?
 

Carson Hardy

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Hmmm somehow I don't believe that last photo is anglica or rotundifolia. :S

I also do not grow intermedia because I grow all my temperate dews outside and don't want to run the risk of cross pollinating with local species.
 

ANTSPlantation

Carnivorous Plant Addict
The first 2 seems like Drosera rotundifolia, however the last one seems very interesting. From first glance, the last one seems like a subtropical sundew, but if it is for sure a cold temperate sundew then it might be Drosera x obovata. The leaves are too short to be intermedia and too short for being anglica as well, unless it might look like that after dormancy but I do not think so. So I think it could their be a random subtropical dew seed that dropped into that pot (I do not know if you keep subtropical dews close to your temperate ones during summer) but it seems to be some sort of hybrid if it did originate from Canada. It also gives me Drosera capillaries vibes but I think there are much more sundew species that look like that. Sundews can be a real pain in the but sometimes when you cannot identify them.
 
If you're still looking for native carnivorous plants in Canada, Natural Themes Native Plant Nursery in Stockdale, ON sells native found plants, including some sarracenia purpurea. They made their own little bog to grow some pitcher plants.
 
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