Sundew is a female LeafWing dragonet and the main protagonist of The Poison Jungle. She was formerly a member of the PoisonWings led by her mother, Belladonna, and is honored and respected within her tribe due to her extremely powerful leafspeak ability. She is currently in a relationship with Willow, and resides in the LeafSilk Kingdom. She was formerly betrothed to Mandrake.
Sundew has a small and wiry shape and a face that is similar to Belladonna's. She has dark forest-green scales that are flecked with gold, and she also has golden scales along the edges of her wings, talons, and across her snout. She wears several small pouches, woven from long grass or fashioned from leaves, which contain venomous insects or useful plants. A pouch that rests over her heart contains a small, smooth jade frog, and there is a pouch under her left wing that is a darker shade of green than the others. She is slightly smaller than Swordtail, and is smaller than Tsunami.
Cricket thinks of Sundew like a dragon who moves like she has already found all the answers to herself. She is a natural leader who uses her fury to keep her going, and when she becomes tired, she thinks of all the things that make her angry. She is bristly, sharp, quick to anger, persuasive, stubborn, intense, brave, brisk, menacing, furious, defensive, fierce, terrifying, and impatient. Her anger is both a weapon and a safe place for her to go when her emotions become too complicated. Due to her upbringing, she was unfamiliar with healthy and compassionate love and found Willow's love for her unsettling as a result. She believes that her own yelling is hilarious and morale-boosting, and has a strong moral compass, believing that even the HiveWings should not be subjected to poison at a peace summit. Sundew also appears to dislike jewelry and dressing up garishly, and strongly stated that she does not do sparkles. She glares and frowns often, always looking ready for a fight.
The Lost Continent Prophecy
|The Lost Continent|
|Sundew appeared in the second half of the book. She was hiding with her parents, Belladonna and Hemlock, in Wasp's greenhouse. After they captured Blue, Cricket, and Swordtail, she asked for her mother's permission to kill Blue, Cricket, and Swordtail and leave their bodies outside the greenhouse. Her mother, Belladonna, immediately disagreed as this would alert the HiveWings that intruders were in the area.
Sundew willingly accompanied Blue and Cricket to the Temple of Clearsight to help them steal the Book of Clearsight, using flower dye and wing-shaped leaves to disguise herself as a SilkWing. Before entering Wasp Hive, she defaced a carving of Queen Wasp, and as described in the book, "raked her claws across the queen's elegant snout." Cricket protested that the vandalism was unnecessary. Sundew responded with, "Wait till I get to her actual face." In the Temple of Clearsight, she paralyzed several HiveWing guards from a distance with blow-darts. Sundew later fought the Librarian, who is always under Queen Wasp's mind control. Although the Librarian was bigger and stronger, Sundew broke her arm and nearly killed her before Cricket intervened. Sundew then freed the Librarian from Wasp's mind control by using bullet ants to bite her, causing unbearable pain, and by extension, Queen Wasp. This made her temporarily leave the Librarian's body.
After the Librarian's room was surrounded by mind-controlled HiveWings, Sundew threw a smoke bomb to distract Wasp from her, Cricket, and Blue's escape with the Book. Instead of helping the wingless Blue fly away, she fought against Wasp's drones with her weapons.
In the ensuing chaos, Blue lost track of the others and did not know if they escaped the Temple. However, they later made contact with Blue again, with Sundew revealing that they had made a tunnel into the Hive from below. She did this by rapidly growing a plant and using its roots to punch a hole in the wall, showing her leafspeak abilities for the first time. She led them through the tunnel to the sea.After learning the truth about the book, Sundew said that she plans to return to the LeafWings to form a new plan to take down the HiveWings. However, when Luna and Swordtail were noticed by HiveWing soldiers, she leaped into the fight to protect them and ended up fighting alone. This was the last Blue saw of her before beginning his Metamorphosis.
|The Hive Queen|
|Sundew appeared when Cricket heard the sounds of another dragon in the caves where she and Blue, still in Metamorphosis, were hiding. Cricket was terrified that the dragon could be another HiveWing, or worse, a mind-controlled one, but her fears were unfounded. Cricket was relieved and asked Sundew what had happened above ground. Sundew explained she led the HiveWings "all the way to Lake Scorpion" before losing them and taking the long way back to the caves. She did not find Luna, but she did find Swordtail, having likely hit a rock and passed out, and dragged his unconscious, seaweed-covered body into the cavern.
When Cricket and Swordtail were talking about Blue's flamesilk status, Sundew admitted her motives with Blue; to use him and his silk to burn down the Hives. Sundew, Cricket, and Swordtail then had a long argument about whether it was the right thing to do, with Swordtail taking sides with Sundew.
Sundew called the Book of Clearsight "completely useless" because it could not tell them the future, and then told the others that she would rather have Luna with them as Luna would have jumped to the idea of burning down the Hives, but that she would settle for using Blue to destroy the HiveWings. Sundew believed that all the HiveWings deserved to be killed for what they did to the LeafWings and their home, except for Cricket. Sundew then tried to get more information about the Chrysalis out of Swordtail, who explained it was an organization of SilkWings who are fighting the HiveWings for their freedom.
She agreed to go looking for the Chrysalis after Blue finished his Metamorphosis and try to find a way to defeat Queen Wasp's mind control powers. Eventually, the four decide to find out how to stop Queen Wasp's mind control instead of slaughtering innocent dragons.
Sundew then went to talk with her parents to tell them where she had been and what to do with the book. She requested more time to create a less violent plan of destroying the HiveWing kingdom than the one in effect. After much argument, Belladonna and Hemlock relented, giving Sundew, Blue, Cricket, and Swordtail two days to make a plan.
Cricket suggested going to Jewel Hive to look for clues, as it was the closest Hive to the group, and the laid-back rules and security would allow them to remain undetected for a longer amount of time. Once they arrived, Sundew once again disguised herself as a SilkWing using gaudy fabrics, much to her humiliation. During their stay, the four made the water tower near Cadelle's house their seat of operations.
At midnight on their first day, Sundew and the others met with the Chrysalis's Jewel Hive branch, though only three members were there, Tau, Morpho, and Cinnabar. Sundew told them about the LeafWing plan to destroy the Hives, and they jumped on the idea, to Cricket's distress.Sundew met up again with Cricket. She watched Bumblebee hatch and discerned what Queen Wasp's poison was made of by the dragonet's eggshell: a plant from the restricted greenhouse she and her parents hid in days earlier. When Bloodworm Hive was attacked by LeafWing forces, she used the chaos and destruction as a cover, having Blue destroy the greenhouse and thus Wasp's source of mind-control poison.
|The Poison Jungle|
|Sundew, Blue, Swordtail, Cricket, and Bumblebee were flying and a flash of yellow and black caught her eye. Sundew hissed and Cricket apologized to Sundew for startling her. Sundew claimed that it did not.
As they flew closer, Blue asked nervously if the Poison Jungle was as dangerous as the rumors say it is. Swordtail suggested that the LeafWings were spreading stories and exaggerating how dangerous it was so no one else would go there. Sundew laughed, replying that the LeafWings had not communicated with any SilkWings or HiveWings since the war, as the LeafWings were supposed to be extinct. Sundew called the LeafWings' extinction both the SilkWings and HiveWings whole goal. Blue protested that it was not his goal, or Swordtail's, or Cricket's. Sundew confirmed the rumors, saying that no one who comes for the trees again will be allowed to live. Blue asked how the LeafWings could be living in the Poison Jungle if it was so dangerous for dragons — Sundew replies that the tribe did not have a choice, saying that the LeafWings adapted to living in the Poison Jungle. After Sundew mentioned carnivorous plants, Swordtail began to panic. Sundew noticed, saying that he would probably get eaten.
Swordtail said that he did not enjoy the conversation, and changed the topic. They started talking about why they were going there. The Distant Kingdoms was mentioned as the group moved closer to the Jungle.
Sundew hovered over the river and realized that the others had stopped. Cricket marveled at the size of the trees. Blue said that it felt like one big creature and that it almost sounded like it was breathing. Bumblebee started yelling, and Sundew tells her that she could eat when they get to the village. They flew further over the jungle until Sundew opened up a secret way in. Blue asked what they were and Cricket says that she thinks they are called touch-me-nots. Sundew confirmed this, saying that touch-me-nots are one name for them. Swordtail laughed, saying that it sounds super dangerous. Cricket smothered a laugh. Sundew replied that touch-me-nots were probably the least likely to kill a dragon in the Poison Jungle.
Cricket steps on a tree slug and lifts her foot again, which is covered in ooze. "Oooom-yum?" Bumblebee squeals, "Eeee?" Cricket tells her that it is not for eating, and Bumblebee cries "GWOSE!" She wakes a snake up and it narrows its eyes at her. Sundew tells them to keep moving. She slinks through the trees nimble and quick. Swordtail comments that she is like a monkey, not "foodishly," but fast and agile. They stop for a rest, and Blue says that it is like the Hives, high up and smelly, and loud. Swordtail spots a pink book-like flower and goes to sniff it. Sundew yells that he should not touch the plant, but it is too late. Swordtail's nose brushes it, and he is swallowed whole by the plant, which is actually a Venus Dragon-trap.
Sundew told him to go limp to fool the plant into thinking Swordtail was a rock or a tree branch, however, he was struggling in the plant's mouth too loudly for Sundew to be heard. In a desperate attempt to save him, Blue uses some of his flamesilk to burn the plant. This, however, does nothing and makes the situation worse and lighting some of the nearby plants ablaze. Sundew uses her leafspeak (the ability to control plants) to grow a tree that contains berries with flame-retardant properties, effectively squashing the fire. With Blue's help, she manages to rip the plant's maw open and free Swordtail.
After they free Swordtail, they head for the PoisonWing village with no other difficulties until they get there. Along the way, they encounter Mandrake, Nettle, and Wolfsbane hunting a panther, which, in short, does not go very well for Mandrake, and Sundew kills it for him. When they get to the village they are checked to see if Swordtail, Blue, Cricket, and Sundew had any seeds from the Poison Jungle on them, to be sure that none of the dangerous plants get inside of their village. Right when she enters the village, she starts being heckled by her tribe for bringing strangers into the village. Sundew, falsely states that she brought them to the tribe because they were all very useful to their plans to destroy the hives and get their revenge, in an attempt to sway Belladonna into letting them stay.
Under the cover of darkness, Sundew sneaked out of the village and to a secret meeting place, where she meets with her girlfriend, Willow. While she was waiting for Willow to show up, it cuts to a flashback when Sundew was two. She was trying to catch a frog that ate her sugar-coated grasshopper and ran away. Sundew, enraged, pursued the frog to the border of the village, but the frog hopped right through, and into the rest of the jungle. Sundew crossed the border and continued the pursuit. She almost caught it, but it slipped through her grasp yet again. The frog hopped right into a nearby pond. Not ready to give up, Sundew grabbed the nearest sharp stick and started furiously stabbing the water to impale the frog. Alas, she failed, and the frog escaped, getting to enjoy its treat. Sundew, having let the frog run off with her dessert, started screaming bloody murder, which a nearby dragon heard, namely Willow.
Sundew then thinks Willow has a "sparkly face" and they both end up liking each other. Sundew wants to continue seeing Willow so the next meeting they had, Willow gave her a jade frog. Sundew would leave it on a rock at night and Willow would come. Willow eventually arrives, and they converse about recent events before Sequoia appears. Sundew accuses Sequoia of spying on her, to which the latter tells her that it was time for Sundew to join the "real LeafWings".
Sundew and Willow are led into the SapWing village, where Sundew meets Hazel. Sequoia discusses the breath of evil cutting and examines it before telling the dragonets to go away. Sundew stays in Hazel's room for the night.
In the morning, Sundew and Willow go to meet the 'strange visitors,' who turn out to be Tsunami and Turtle. Later, Sundew realizes that Sequoia had summoned Belladonna and Sundew's friends for a meeting, which she protests about but does not get a say about her mother coming. She and Belladonna have a heated discussion before Sequoia silences all the gathered dragons and tells them all about the Legend of the Hive. Later, Sequoia and Belladonna agree to send Sundew, Willow, Mandrake, Nettle, and Cricket on a mission to Eye of the jungle, where Hawthorn guarded a small faction of the breath of evil.
On the way to Hawthorn's home, Sundew and Nettle keep on arguing, and Sundew ends up getting caught in an actual sundew, which Nettle mocks her for. They soon arrive at the Eye, where Hawthorn tells them the story of how Wasp exploited the LeafWings, and how he played a major part in the tree Wars. They then travel back to the SapWing village to tell Sequoia about Hawthorn's discovery of an antidote. Sequoia tells Sundew to rest while she and other dragons went to build a bonfire for the incoming HiveWing army to inhale.
When Sundew wakes up, she, Cricket and Mandrake go down to grow some of the Heart of Salvation, which turned out to be the breath of evil in disguise. Before Sundew can react, Hawthorn appears behind them. Sundew realizes that there is a dragonbite viper around Willow's neck, then threatens to kill Hawthorn, who mocks her. While Cricket asked Hawthorn questions to stall him, Sundew summoned a sundew plant to kill the viper around Willow's neck. Hawthorn rages at Sundew, then gets killed by Willow.Sundew was later seen in the SapWing village again, where Hazel was ordering LeafWings to gather everyone free from the othermind, onto the shores of the Gullet River. Sundew then flew with the rest of the LeafWings and SilkWings refugees on the way to Pyrrhia.
|The Dangerous Gift|
|Sundew was mentioned in Swordtail's thoughts in the prologue. Swordtail was sent to find Sundew and the other LeafWings by the breath of evil, but was internally relieved that she had fled to the Distant Kingdoms. He desperately hoped that she and the rest of the refugees would come back soon and find out a way to release him and Blue from the othermind's control.
Sundew later arrived in the Ice Kingdom with the rest of the Pantalan dragons. She stood and bristled several times while Hazel spoke to Snowfall, but did not intervene.
Upon arriving at Jerboa III's hut, Sundew argued with Cobra Lily about the dragons they have left behind in Pantala. Though Cobra Lily found it fortunate that dragons like Nettle did not come along, Sundew protested for how the dragons who saved their lives are in great danger and they are doing nothing to help them.
Sundew was then hugged by Luna. After being asked about Blue and Swordtail, she swears to her that they will get them back. She, Cricket, Bumblebee, and Willow lead Luna inside of the hut to explain what she had missed. Later in Sanctuary, Sundew was seen arguing with Tsunami about animus magic.
When the queens were choosing dragons to explore the abyss, Snowfall approached Sundew and Willow. Snowfall explained that she wanted Sundew to have anything magical that might defeat the villain they were fighting. Sundew was amazed at the prospect of magic. Snowfall then removed the gift of stealth from her wrists and handed the bracelets to Sundew. Sundew put them on, and asked how they worked. Snowfall explained, and then Sundew turned herself invisible, then Willow, then the two of them. She thanked Snowfall and promised to return the bracelets.Sundew was chosen to be the LeafWing representative for the stealth team.
|The Flames of Hope|
|Sundew was mentioned when Luna was using the dreamvisitor to talk to Swordtail. She told him how Sundew and Cricket and some other dragons were going to save him. As the stealth team continued on their way to Pantala, they were suddenly ambushed by a group of mind-controlled HiveWings. Sundew was able to make most of the group invisible in time with the gift of stealth. Unfortunately she was not able to make Pineapple, Qibli, and Tsunami invisible in time. During the battle, she used seaweed to help fight the HiveWings. A mind-controlled SilkWing revealed himself to the stealth team and demanded Sundew to show herself. Sundew, however, stayed silent throughout the exchange. After the HiveWings left, taking the unconscious Moonwatcher, Pineapple, Qibli, and Tsunami with them, the rest of the stealth team were torn on what to do. The team ultimately decided to split off into two teams; one team would go ahead and search for the abyss, while the other team would go and rescue their fallen comrades. Sundew and Lynx were in the latter team and took off almost immediately. Before they left, Sundew got into a fight with Cricket about what to do with HiveWing soldiers that were knocked unconscious during the fight. Cricket wanted to leave a copy of the map with one of them so they could find their way back to Pantala. Sundew thought the plan was bad as the HiveWings could be trouble if Queen Wasp decided to mind-control them again. In the end, Luna and Cricket decided to leave a copy of the map with a HiveWing named Earwig before they left.
When the stealth team was spying on Axolotl, Sundew made them all visible again, and Luna went to check if that meant she and Lynx had arrived. However, Luna did not find anyone, and the stealth team soon decided to stop waiting and go to the abyss. Cricket thought of using a plant to leave Sundew a message. When Luna was talking with Cottonmouth and Freedom, Cottonmouth said that he wanted to get Sundew and spread the plant across the whole world with her leafspeak. Luna realized that this meant Sundew was still safe and had not been mind-controlled yet. Later, while Qibli, Tsunami and Pineapple were in Wasp's throne room, Wasp mentioned how Moon or the "invisible one" had been stolen by someone. Luna, who was in the Mindspace at the time, realized that Sundew and Lynx must have been able to rescue Moon from Wasp's clutches. Later, Cottonmouth used Luna to trick Cricket into looking for Sundew in order to capture Sundew.
After Qibli, Tsunami and Pineapple were able to escape Wasp Hive, they headed south towards Lake Scorpion, where they ran into Sundew, Moonwatcher and Lynx. Sundew was happy to see them and explained how they wanted to rescue them, but decided to change plans and head to the abyss to help the others. They all headed towards Lake Scorpion after Sundew mentioned Luna's and Cricket's message. After Pineapple revealed himself to be possessed by Cottonmouth, Sundew questioned him on his intentions. Cottonmouth offered to let Luna go in exchange for one of the others. Sundew offered herself in exchange for Luna, much to the others' and Luna's dismay. They all followed Pineapple while staying invisible with the gift of stealth. While the others were flying towards Lake Scorpion, Luna had the idea to offer Freedom the memories of the other members of the stealth team, to show to her that dragons were not unloving monsters. Through Moonwatcher, they were able to share the memories of the stealth team to Freedom. In Sundew's vision, she was shown chasing after a frog and meeting up with the love of her life, Willow. Sundew and the others arrived at the scene of Cricket and Bullfrog being dragged down by Cottonmouth's dragons. Sundew demanded Cottonmouth to let go of Cricket and Bullfrog, to which Cottonmouth refused and a fight ensued between Cottonmouth's dragons and the stealth team. After Luna managed to destroy the othermind and free everyone, she reunited with Sundew, who was confused on what had just happened. Luna promised to tell her everything on their way to Cicada Hive. After Swordtail and Luna reunited, Luna mentioned that Sundew and the other dragons had gone to imprison Wasp so that she could be brought to justice.In the epilogue, Sundew was shown planting and growing trees on the Dragontail Peninsula to restore Pantala to its former glory.
Belladonna is manipulative, and often makes Sundew angry by ruining things. She and her mother are always only moments away from a fight, and Sundew often disobeys her orders. Sundew can vaguely see her mother as a dragon who cares for others, but she knows that Belladonna will never show that side of herself to other dragons. Her mother taught her to summon her anger at a moment's notice, and she often tells Sundew everything that she does wrong, comments on her mistakes, and starts shouting matches when she is the slightest bit aggravated. It is rare for Belladonna to compliment her daughter.
Because Blue is so willing to apologize, Sundew finds it impossible and unenjoyable to yell at him. Sundew is often surprised by Blue, from his sister being a flamesilk to him standing up to Queen Wasp. She knows that Blue tries to understand everyone and tried to hide her emotions from him that she believes are weak, like guilt and fear, to show that she is tough. Blue is her friend but tends to side with Cricket on many things, for example, like not setting all the Hives on fire, or painting Jewel Hive with messages of Wasp lying about the Book of Clearsight.
Sundew was unsure and annoyed that Cricket had brought back a HiveWing egg, but after Sundew gave a dried mango to the newborn dragonet to keep her still, she was mentioned to "give Sundew a worshipful look." She loves Sundew dearly, and while Sundew was visiting the SapWing village, she caught herself hoping that someone would feed Bumblebee while she was away. She was disappointed when Cricket brought Bumblebee to the village and the dragonet was asleep. She was amused when Bumblebee seemed to disagree with Nettle taking charge of their expedition to the Eye of the jungle, and gave her a high-five, much to Bumblebee's delight. Bumblebee seems to completely trust her, and Sundew refers to her as 'little bug.'  Sundew thought that fleeing from battle was worth it, if it meant that Bumblebee would be protected.
Cobra Lily is one of Sundew's friends, and one of her favorite dragons. Sundew was close enough to Cobra Lily as a friend to be aware of her silent rage and they are physically affectionate towards one another. Cobra Lily pointed out once that Sundew should be their queen. Although Sundew becomes annoyed with her on the subject and tells her to stop saying such things.
Cricket is one of Sundew's friends, and she is often amused by the HiveWing. She teases Cricket, and although Sundew claims to hate all HiveWings, she seems okay with Cricket and has expressed friendly affection for her at various times. She has mentioned that Cricket is "different" from the other HiveWings, possibly due to her insatiable curiosity and immunity to Queen Wasp's mind control powers. Cricket's company also seems to relax Sundew, as she seems more friendly and open than she did in The Lost Continent. Cricket often wants to open up her mind like a book and read it.
Hemlock often makes Sundew angry. He often tells her everything that she does wrong, comments on her mistakes, and starts shouting matches when he is the slightest bit aggravated. Sundew and her father are not close, but she asked Io to search for her father before fleeing Pantala.
Before the events of The Poison Jungle, Mandrake was Sundew's fiancé. Sundew refused to let Mandrake be injured by a panther, even though that would have made her life a lot easier. He was accepting when Sundew told him she wanted to marry Willow instead, and Mandrake is one of the few dragons that Sundew likes. 
Sundew and Nettle's average conversations are usually hostile and argumentative. She felt joy at Nettle's furious scowl after Bumblebee mocked her tone of voice, and she considers Nettle's behavior to be vicious, unproductive, and out of control. Yelling at Nettle gives Sundew energy, and stops her from worrying. She usually considers Nettle to be simply unlikable and irritating, but became genuinely angry towards her after Willow intervened during one of their arguments. Nettle sounded unmistakably triumphant when Sundew was trapped by a sundew plant.
Sundew finds Swordtail amusing, but she is often angry at him without feeling bad about it. She finds yelling at him satisfying, although there are moments where she enjoys his company, and Swordtail considers her to be a leader. Sundew considers Swordtail to be quite rash, yet he started to grow on her. They tend to share the same destructive mindset and are similar in terms of personality. She understands his devotion to Luna, as she also has a lover. In The Hive Queen, Sundew is tempted to leave Swordtail on the shore after trying to find Luna, but ultimately brings him to Cricket.
Willow is Sundew's long-time girlfriend, and Sundew thinks about her all the time. She makes Sundew feel more like herself, and is often gentle, calm, amused and reassuring towards her. They regard one another as mutually beautiful, and when they initially met, Willow made all of Sundew's words bump around in her mind like disoriented moths. Willow helps Sundew feel more calm and less tense, and Sundew finds it impossible to scoff at her. Willow is the only dragon that Sundew looks forward to seeing, and they often laugh together and are very affectionate towards one another. Sundew is gentle towards Willow, and when Willow smiles at her, she feels a funny shiver in her chest. Due to Willow's calm and rational demeanor contrasting her own fury and bristly attitude, one of Sundew's greatest fears is her temper pushing Willow too far, thus ruining their relationship. Even when Willow believed that Sundew had endangered the LeafWings by stealing the Book of Clearsight, she still loved her. Sundew became jealous after seeing Hazel's behavior towards Willow, but Willow assured her that Hazel was just a friend and that Sundew was the only dragon for her. When Willow referred to Sundew casually as her girlfriend to a stranger, Sundew felt unexpected joy, and considered that the second-greatest moment of her life, after meeting Willow. Sundew is comforted by Willow, and found it impossible to pull away from her when she was in emotional distress, even in Belladonna's presence. Willow is one of the only dragons that Sundew is not typically angry with, and she often longs Willow's company, as she loves Sundew for who she is. Sundew was sad to leave Willow behind, as she had been chosen to fly back to Pantala to stop the othermind. After the othermind's defeat, Sundew and Willow went to live in the new LeafSilk Kingdom together.
- "Yeah! You'll have ME. That's like the opposite of being alone. I can do anything twenty dragons can do."
- ― to Cricket (The Lost Continent, page 188)
- "It's nothing mystical. She wanted a daughter to carry on our family's legacy. She trained me my whole life for one purpose: this."
- ― to Blue (The Lost Continent, page 192-193)
- "I don't know why Willow wants to save your tribe. You're as much of a problem as the HiveWings, with your nodding and smiling and agreeing to let them trample all over you."
- ― to Blue (The Lost Continent, page 197)
- "My guess is Luna got blown out to sea and he tried to follow her. But the storm chucked him into a boulder instead. Which he deserved, if you ask me. Did you see him fly off and leave me fighting two HiveWings alone? I mean, sure, Luna is great and I know he just got her back and all and I get it; I have a one true love, too."
- ― to Cricket (The Hive Queen, page 21)
- "A few hundred awesome fiery things. Starting with the most obvious: he's going to burn down all the Hives for us."
- ― about burning down the Hives (The Hive Queen, page 29)
- "No, everything you've heard about the jungle is true. Queen Wasp sent a few expeditions to the Poison Jungle looking for resources and trying to make sure no dragons were hiding from her there. Almost all of them died; the rest are the ones who brought the stories back to you. One of the expeditions was sent to burn down the jungle, because Wasp wanted no more trees anywhere. None of those dragons survived. We helped the jungle make sure of that."
- ― to Swordtail (The Poison Jungle, page 4-5)
- "If we set it free, the Poison Jungle could devour the continent for us, and all the HiveWings, too. If I set it free. I could unleash the jungle and send it forth to strangle our enemies. I won't, though. I don't want a Pantala covered in poisonous, dragon-eating plants. I want the Pantala of the old stories; the giant forests that stretched from shore to shore."
- ― thoughts on setting the plants of the jungle free (The Poison Jungle, page 6)
- "Don't be a drama queen. They can help us."
- ― to Nettle (The Poison Jungle, page 17)
- "I could have left. Belladonna doesn't even know I could have left them. But I didn't, because I have a purpose, and that purpose is vengeance. I hatched for one reason: to destroy our enemies. That's why I will always come back. Not for Belladonna or Hemlock. I come back so that one day I can be the one who wipes out the HiveWings forever."
- ― thoughts (The Poison Jungle, page 28)
- "But of course we can't talk about that. We can't take a moment to say, hey, things are a little better, aren't they? We can only talk about the HiveWings and our fury and all the things we're going to do to them. No time to pat you on the head or say "Thank you, Sundew.""
- ― thoughts (The Poison Jungle, page 50)
- "What?! No one has ever offered to murder a frog for me before!"
- ― to Willow about murdering a frog (The Poison Jungle, page 83)
- "Even after everything I just told her, even if she thinks I've endangered her tribe and restarted a war she doesn't want … she still loves me."
- ― thoughts about Willow (The Poison Jungle, page 99)
- "Or just pause for a moment to be happy. That's what Willow would say to do. After all the craziness with SilkWings and sneaking through Hives and dealing with strangers, I'm back with her at last, where I can just be myself."
- ― thoughts about Willow (The Poison Jungle, page 115)
- "I'm not letting go now. I'm not ever letting go of her again. If this is it, all our truth spilled over the table, then this is my truth: I choose Willow. Even if she is a SapWing, and not Mandrake."
- ― thoughts about choosing Willow over Mandrake (The Poison Jungle, page 150)
- "Wow. I was hoping we'd lose her, but I didn't think it would happen quite that fast. I'm kidding! I'm sure she's fine. She can handle anything, remember?"
- ― to Mandrake about Nettle getting trapped in a plant (The Poison Jungle, page 161)
- "I wasn't planning on doing splamflamp. Whatever that is."
- ― to Bumblebee (The Poison Jungle, page 174)
- "We were trying to turn the HiveWing queen into our mind-controlled zombie. We would have done that to her — the same terrible thing she's done to her subjects. Instead we made her stronger than any other dragon. We gave her a way to keep her claws on her tribe's necks, and the power to use them against us. I thought we were the good tribe. How could we do something like this?"
- ― thoughts about Wasp and the breath of evil (The Poison Jungle, page 213)
- "But Hawthorn and Sequoia did terrible things, too. The HiveWings would be right to want them to be punished … but they would be wrong to want the same for the whole LeafWing tribe. So maybe … Maybe I need to think about that, too. Hawthorn, Sequoia, and Wasp. I should be angry at them — I can be furious at them. I can fight Wasp without hating the entire HiveWing tribe. I can free the HiveWings and spare their lives without betraying my quest. Because Wasp is the real enemy: Wasp and her mind control."
- ― thoughts (The Poison Jungle, page 247)
- "That is not a comforting answer, light of my life."
- ― to Willow (The Poison Jungle, page 119)
- "I eat all the time! I ate a ... something ... this morning while we were sorting Pyrrhian tree seedlings! Didn't I? I think I did. The seedlings were very noisy, full of questions. It must be weird to fly across an ocean when you're a tree. Not a common tree experience, I suspect."
- ― to her friends (The Flames of Hope, epilogue)
- "Me too. [...] We need dragons who can see the brightest futures so we can try to get there, even if it takes longer than we want it to."
- ― to Luna (The Flames of Hope, epilogue)
- When it comes to garments, Sundew prefers wearing black, dark green, or midnight blue.
- Sundew was in charge of hunting for every PoisonWing tribe feast.
- When Sundew is reunited with Willow, the former uses her leafspeak to make violets grow in between them. Violets and their coloration have been used as a special code by lesbian and bisexual women throughout history.
- On the cover of The Poison Jungle, Sundew is missing the gold flecks on her wings.
- Sundew is one of five protagonists whose tribe has only one book. The others are Clay, Glory, Peril and Cricket.