Drosera hilaris gets its name from the Greek word drosos, meaning dew, while the second part of its name is Latin and means cheerful.
D. hilaris is a winter growing perennial plant, found in the Cape Province, west of Hermanus. Here it is a rare plant, growing in the shade of shrubs and rocks.
The soil is rather dry and sandy.
The plant is similar to D. ericgreenii being distinct from it by, among other points, having no tentacled glands and by growing its flowers cape from the centre of the plant instead of from the base of the plant.
D.hilaris grows about 50 cm high. Its leaves are rosulate or closely imbricate and are narrowly oblanceolate, about 7 cm long and 9 mm wide. The petiole is confluent with the lamina. New leaves grow more or less vertical, where as old and dead leaves remain on the plant
The flower scape is about 25 cm long .It has 6 to 12 flowers that are magenta to reddish in color with petals of about 10 mm long.
Cultivation is not easy. The plant requires a deep pot of about 30 cm deep with a 50/50 mix of sand and peat. It should be kept damp but not wet year round. Most importantly, it needs cool temperatures, especially on the roots.
The fact that this species is rare to begin with account for its threatened status.
It is of paramount importance that all lineages of D. hilaris are retained in cultivation and propagated to preserve the genetic variation of this species. If you grow distinct strains of know origin of D. hilaris that are not in the Rare South African carnivorous plants Collection, and are willing to donate or sell plants, cuttings or seeds of legally cultivated plants to Ark of Life, please contact the team through the contact page of this website.
If you cultivate D. hilaris, but are unable to contribute material to the Rare South African carnivorous plants Collection, however would still like to help save this species, please register your plants with Ark of Life, so that we can develop a breeding program and record all different location forms of this endangered plant in cultivation