I couldn't fine a lot of info on this amazing South African Drosera sp. in cultivation, so here it is! D. xerophila is a fairly new species closely related to D. aliciae, D. esterhuyseniae, D. slackii, etc. Like other rosetted species from South Africa, D. xerophila forms a short stem over the years. Not many people grow it ex-situ, but it appears to be fairly easy like its closely related species, D. aliciae and admirabilis. In the summer xerophila will go dormant (not fully unfurling leaves, forming a tight, small, green rosette) if temperatures rise above its growing tolerance. This specimen was grown from seed from Kleinriver Mountains, Western Cape Province, South Africa, and is about a year old. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will bloom this spring, then I will have a nice donation for the seedbank
. I'm guessing it's self fertile like D. admirabilis and aliciae, but to my knowledge nobody in the U.S. has bloomed it, maybe a small amount of people in Europe. This plant just came out of dormancy about a month ago and colors up much more in the spring.