This species is one of 85 in the genus Drosera. The sundew family has only four genera: Drosophyllum, Dionaea, Al drovanda and Drosera. The first three genera have only one species each. They are distributed mostly in the southern hemisphere; three are found in Europe. Droseras are small perennial. They usually have a ground rosette of thickly covered with glandular hairs (tentacles) secreting a sticky liquid that glitters in the sun. This is why they were given the genus name (the Greek drosero means covered with dew). The are white. D. spathulata forms a rosette of spatulate leaves which grows tightly against the ground and is thickly covered with red tentacles. The upright inflorescences are composed of about 15 .
Droseras require lots of sun, fresh air and very moist. They grdw well in fresh sphagnum moss or on peat. Propagate by means of sown on peat in a flat dish (merely pressed in) and covered with glass.