The frail triggerplant, scientifically named Stylidium debile, is a herbaceous plant that is carnivorous and can grow up to 15-30 cm in height. The plant has oblong-shaped leaves that grow in a basal rosette with or without stems. The leaves are typically 8-30 mm long. This plant variety produces 1-2 hairless scapes per plant, which give rise to inflorescences that can be 10-25 cm long and contain pink flowers. These flowers bloom throughout the year in their natural habitat. Triggerplants are classified as protocarnivorous or carnivorous because of the glandular trichomes that are present on the scape and flower, which can ensnare, kill, and digest small insects with protease enzymes generated by the plant. The flower shape consists of four zygomorphic petals, with the trigger emerging from the 'throat' of the flower and resting beneath the plane of the petals.
Plant Size On Offer
Plant photos usually show the mother plant, not the smaller divisions offered for sale.
Small clumps taken from mother plants are planted into 9cm pots. The size of the clump can vary and will always be sent largest first. If you'd like to know the size of a plant before ordering, please feel free to get in touch.
Stylidium debile is incredibly easy to care for, given the right conditions. It can be grown indoors on a sunny windowsill or in a well-lit terrarium. You can even grow them in an unheated greenhouse, they will die back heavily in the winter but will reappear in the spring, flowering in the summer. Here are the 3 golden rules for healthy Stylidium debile.
- Provide as much light as possible.
- Keep their soil damp using rainwater.
- Use acidic soil. A 1:1 peat moss & perlite mix is typical.