Sundew is a young female LeafWing (PoisonWing) and the main protagonist of The Poison Jungle. She was first introduced in The Lost Continent and was one of the first of her tribe to be introduced in the series. She is a member of the LeafWing rebellion under her parents, Belladonna and Hemlock, and is currently journeying to the Distant Kingdoms alongside her friends, Queen Hazel, and several LeafWings and SilkWings. She is currently in a relationship with Willow against Belladonna's will, although she was formerly betrothed to Mandrake.
Sundew has a small and wiry body and a face similar to Belladonna's. She has light forest green scales, with a lighter underbelly. She has small gold scales speckled along the edges of her wings, talons, and across her snout. In the light, Sundew's scales glint golden. She wears several small pouches, which are woven from long grass and fashioned from waterproof leaves, that contain numerous dangerous plants and insects from the Poison Jungle. In The Lost Continent, Sundew uses the contents of her many pouches to help herself, Cricket and Blue escape HiveWing soldiers. She wears a pouch over her heart, darker green than the rest, that contains a small jade frog given to her by Willow.
Sundew is irritable, grumpy, and snarky. Often aggressive and short-tempered, she is a very fearsome dragon. It is noted in The Hive Queen that Sundew usually wears a scowl on her face. Although snappy and sarcastic, she is rarely loud or boisterous. She is a good planner with a strategic and thoughtful mind and is very knowledgeable on which plants and insects can help her gain an advantage in sticky situations. She believes in justice and in doing what she believes is right, but her anger and bitterness can overshadow her reasoning in some situations, such as when she created a plan to execute almost every HiveWing in The Hive Queen.
Sundew seems to also value dignity and dislikes embarrassing herself in front of others, namely those she respects or wants to impress. She is hard on herself and seems to expect perfection in most things that she does, becoming angry at herself if she fails or shows weakness in any given situation. Likewise, Sundew has high standards for other dragons, even referring to the SilkWings as "subservient worms" for letting Queen Wasp control them. Sundew also has a great capacity to be open-minded, however; as seen near the conclusion of The Hive Queen, Sundew's resentment towards the HiveWings lessened when she realized that they could be better if they weren't governed by Queen Wasp's lies and mind-control.
Although she wouldn't like to admit it, Sundew can actually be compassionate beneath her sarcasm and moodiness, as well as being highly protective of those whom she cares about. Although it was already established in The Lost Continent that Sundew hated most HiveWings, she took care to make sure that a paralyzed HiveWing guard, who was guarding Queen Wasp's greenhouse, was well away from it before Blue set fire to the greenhouse's plants in The Hive Queen.
Sundew appeared in the late half of the book, asking for her mother's permission to kill Blue, Cricket and Swordtail, then leave their bodies someplace outside the greenhouse, stating, "That will really scare those worms in the Hive." Her mother, Belladonna, immediately disagreed as this would alert the HiveWings that some intruders were in the area.
Sundew willingly accompanied Blue and Cricket to the Temple of Clearsight to help them steal the Book of Clearsight. She used flower dye and wing-shaped leaves to disguise herself as a SilkWing, though the disguise was imperfect. However, it was still better than Blue's cracking paint. 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, but all Sundew said was, "Wait till I get to her actual face," implying that Sundew intends to rake off Wasp's face when they meet. In the Temple of Clearsight, she paralyzed several HiveWing guards from a distance with blow-darts similar to a HiveWing's nerve toxin. Sundew later fought the Librarian while the HiveWing was 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 mind control using bullet ants to bite the dragon, causing unbearable pain to her, and by extension, Queen Wasp, making her leave the Librarians body.
After the Librarian's room was surrounded by mind-controlled HiveWings, Sundew threw a smoke bomb made of waxy leaves to distract Wasp and obscure her, Cricket, and Blue's escape with the Book. Instead of helping the wingless Blue fly away (relegating the job to Cricket and the Librarian), she fought against Wasp's drones with her organic weapons to buy them time.
In the ensuing chaos, Blue lost track of Sundew and didn't know if she or Cricket had escaped the Temple with the Book. However, they later made contact with Blue again, and Sundew revealed that she had escaped, and, using a tunnel system made by LeafWings, originally to find a way into the Hive from below, could rescue Blue and Luna, which she did by rapidly growing a plant and using its roots (proving she had the LeafWing ability to control plants) to punch a hole in the wall. She then led them through the tunnel to the sea.
When talking, Sundew said that she would probably go back to the LeafWings, to form a new plan to take down the HiveWings. However, when Luna and Swordtail were discovered by HiveWing soldiers, she bravely leaped into the fight to protect them and ended up fighting alone. This was the last Blue saw of her before entering his Metamorphosis.
Sundew first 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 didn't 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 (As we now know, Sundew used her leafspeak on the seaweed, creating a sort of harness, which she used to transport him, as Swordtail is larger than her).
Sundew mentioned that she understood his devotion to Luna, since she "has a one true love herself", but ignored Cricket's questions as to who and continued that Swordtail did leave her fighting two HiveWings alone. Sundew eventually snapped at Cricket, irritated by all the questions, so Cricket offered to get some water for Sundew's injury to make peace. She agreed and gave Cricket a kind of absorbing moss. Cricket was intimidated by the LeafWing's "scowly" expression and decided that "it would be safer to back away for a little while." Sundew then had Cricket use a “weird-looking plant” from one of her pouches to wake up Swordtail, who she claimed was in no state to still be looking for Luna.
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 the LeafWing.
Sundew called the Book of Clearsight "completely useless" because it couldn't tell them the future (as the predictions had stopped over a thousand years before the Tree Wars), 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 and that she'd settle for using Blue to destroy the HiveWings. Sundew believed that all the HiveWings (except Cricket, as she might have been growing fond of her) deserved to be killed for what they did to the LeafWings and their home. 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 reach the decision 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’d 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 (mass slaughter and destruction). 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 (much to her chagrin) using gaudy fabrics. 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), much to their surprise. Sundew told them about the LeafWing plan to destroy the Hives, and they jumped on the idea, to Cricket's distress.
Near the end of the book, 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.
They are flying and a flash of yellow and black catches her eye. Sundew hisses and Cricket apologizes to her for startling her. Sundew says that it didn't.
As they fly closer, Blue asks nervously if the Poison Jungle is actually as dangerous as the rumors say they are. Then Swordtail asks, “Like, maybe LeafWings spread stories exaggerating how dangerous it is so that no one else would go there? That would make sense; I bet that’s it.” Sundew laughs and replies, “How could we spread stories? We haven’t communicated with any SilkWings or HiveWings since the end of the Tree Wars fifty years ago. We were supposed to be extinct. That was kind of your whole goal, remember?”
Blue protests that it wasn't his goal, or Cricket's, or Swordtail's. Sundew confirms the rumors. “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. No one who comes for the trees again will be allowed to live.” Blue asks how a whole tribe could be living there if it's so dangerous for dragons. Sundew replies with "We didn't really have a choice," and then follows up with how they have adapted for living there, knowing how to heal snakebites, and suchlike. She mentions carnivorous plants, and Swordtail starts to panic. Sundew notices and says "Yeah, you will probably get eaten. They always get loud flappy ones. And that HiveWing dragonet is cobra lily food for sure.”
Swordtail says that he doesn't enjoy this conversation. They start talking about why they're going there. The Distant Kingdoms gets mentioned. They move closer to the Jungle.
Sundew hovers over the river and realizes that the others had stopped. Cricket marvels at the size of the trees. Blue says that it feels like one big creature and that it almost sounds like it’s breathing. Bumblebee starts yelling out “Eepow!” suggesting that she is hungry. Sundew tells her that she can eat when they get to the village. They start talking about the outside of the jungle is the thickest to keep intruders out. They walk further into the jungle and Blue pots an interesting looking plant. He asks Sundew what they are and Cricket says that she thinks they’re called touch-me-nots. Sundew replies, saying that that’s one name for them. Swordtail laughs and says that it sounds super dangerous. “Touch me not — or you will DIE!” he says. Cricket smothers a laugh. “Actually,” Sundew says, “this is probably the only plant up here that won’t kill you.”
Cricket steps on a tree slug and lifts her foot up again, which is covered in ooze. “Oooom-yum?” Bumblebee squeals, “Eeee?” Cricket tells her that it’s 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’s like a monkey not "foodishly", but fast and agile. They stop for a rest, and Blue says that it’s 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 shouldn’t touch the plant, but it’s too late, Swordtail’s nose brushes it, and he is swallowed whole by the plant, which is actually a Venus Dragon-trap.
Sundew tells him to go limp in order 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, doesn't 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 in to letting them stay.
Under the cover of darkness, Sundew sneaks out of the village and to a secret meeting place, where she meets with her girlfriend, Willow. While she's waiting for Willow to show up, it cuts to a flashback of Sundew aged 2. She's trying to catch a frog that ate her sugar-coated grasshopper and ran away. Sundew, enraged, pursued the frog all the way to the border of the village, but the frog hopped right through, and in to 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 in to 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.
Although Sundew claims to hate all HiveWings, she seems okay with Cricket and has actually 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.
At first, Sundew seemed to dislike Bumblebee, but in The Poison Jungle, it is revealed that she actually cares about her. When she went to the SapWing village, she worried that no one would feed Bumblebee. She volunteered to carry her while crossing a patch of dangerous and carnivorous plants. Bumblebee also helped Sundew out of her really sticky situation. She seems to sometimes get annoyed by Bumblebee and her nickname, Snudoo, but still cares about her well-being. Bumblebee seems to look up to Sundew, and could possibly think of her as a parent. Later in The Poison Jungle, Sundew comments that Bumblebee is smart, and even offers to take Bumblebee from Cricket if she was going to "faint and squash Bumblebee."
Blue, like Cricket, believes that while Sundew may seem fierce on the outside, she really is sweet and kind on the inside. Sundew is constantly surprised by Blue, from his sister being a flamesilk to him standing up to Queen Wasp. She knows that Blue understands everyone (or at least tries to) and tries to hide her emotions from him that she believes are wimpy (for example, 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 considers Swordtail to be quite rash, yet has respect for him as of The Hive Queen. 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, however, just brought him to Cricket. When Io was talking to Swordtail, Sundew noted that Io was "Another Swordtail".
Sundew is Willow's girlfriend, and before the events of The Poison Jungle, their relationship was both forbidden and secret. Sundew keeps Willow a secret even for the reader in the first few chapters of The Poison Jungle, referring to her as "her dragon" or "the dragon she's not supposed to think about." Along with that, she and Willow keep a small jade frog with themselves, which they use when they're waiting to meet. They place it onto a small boulder, which indicates one of the other is there. Though they have their disagreements, it's very clear that Sundew cares a lot about what Willow thinks, and knows her very well. Sundew states that Willow is the only dragon she ever looks forward to seeing, and is one of the few dragons the feisty LeafWing will actually listen to. Willow is mentioned briefly in "The Lost Continent".
Sundew doesn’t like her mother very much and ends up in a fight with her practically every time they talk. Belladonna noted that Sundew was clever when she said Cricket, Blue, Swordtail and Bumblebee were her prisoners. She is very snappy towards Belladonna and would never let her control her life. Sundew had no hesitation in leaving Belladonna behind to be abandoned in the jungle and be controlled by the Othermind.
Sundew isn't very close to her father but still wants to save him from the Othermind in The Poison Jungle..
Sundew and Mandrake are good friends that were destined to be married because they both have some of the strongest Leafspeak in the tribe. Mandrake calls Sundew his "fiancée". Later on it is shown that Sundew will not marry Mandrake because she is in love with Willow instead.
A good friend of Sundew and it is hinted at that they enjoy getting in trouble together. Sundew appears to admire her and states "Cobra Lily was kind of awesome."
Family Tree Edit
"Why would you tell them that? They can't help us! They'll turn us in the moment they get a chance! We should kill them now and leave their corpses somewhere that'll really scare those worms in the Hive." - Sundew to Belladonna The Lost Continent, page 173
"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." - Sundew to Blue The Lost Continent, pages 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." - Sundew 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." - Sundew to Cricket The Hive Queen, page 21
"Protestors. Shouting enthusiastic rhymes at the sky while their friends slaughtered us. Maybe that would have been useful if they'd kept it up, but they all vanished by the end. Not a single HiveWing objected when the last tree was cut down." - Sundew to Cricket The Hive Queen, page 35
"And to drive out the LeafWings. Queen Sequoia wouldn't agree to step down without seeing the Book first, which of course Wasp wouldn't allow. Our queen said if she'd seen it in Clearsight's own handwriting, she might have considered it. Which I think is insane in the first place. We don't need anyone else to be our queen!" - Talking about how Queen Wasp lied about the Book of Clearsight.
"No. I'm just wondering where they are, that's all! I don't need them! Let's go kill some plants! Oof, no, I don't like the sound of that at all. Let's go destroy some HiveWing stuff! That's much better." - About her parents.
"Listen here. We are on a STEALTH HORTICULTURAL MISSION and you are going to be ABSOLUTELY SILENT until we are done, do you understand?" - To Bumblebee
"I like the way you think. But they're centipedes, you dingbat." - To Swordtail
"They're CENTIPEDES; what is WRONG with you dragons?"
"It's the best part of my day, a little tiny bit of vengeance every morning." - To Swordtail, when he complains about her methods of waking dragons up
"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." - Sundew to Swordtail The Poison Jungle, pages 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." - Sundew's thoughts The Poison Jungle, page 6
"Basic carnivorous plant safety lesson number one. If you fall into a dragon-trap, go as still as you can. If the plant thinks you're just a rock or tree branch that fell in by accident, it'll open back up and drop you. But if you FLAIL AROUND LIKE AN IDIOT, then it will KNOW YOU'RE A DELICIOUS SNACK FOR SURE." - Sundew to Blue, Bumblebee, Cricket, and Swordtail The Poison Jungle, page 15
"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." - Sundew's 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."" - Sundew's thoughts The Poison Jungle, page 50
"My archenemies. Who is hiding in this pond but NOT FOR LONG because I am going to DESTROY HIM. [...] . . . a frog. But a VERY BAD frog who deserves STAMPING ON." - Sundew to Willow The Poison Jungle, pages 74-75
"So your suggestion is we let them win? We let them steal our continent and revel in our extermination? We accept just living here? [...] Wasp could live for another hundred years, or be replaced by someone equally bad. We can't just sit around and wait for history to sort itself out. We have to fight! We have to make things better with our own claws!" - Sundew to Willow The Poison Jungle, pages 80-81
"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." - Sundew's thoughts The Poison Jungle, page 99
"I just want to say that I for one am very glad you were an angry dragon when the Tree Wars started, because it meant you fought back against Wasp's power grab and you didn't just roll over for her like Monarch did. I'm glad you fought for our tribe and protected us from her. I would hate for the LeafWings to be stuck where the spineless SilkWings are right now. So thank you for being a mad dragon and I say keep it up and let's go fight some more!" - Sundew to Queen Sequoia The Poison Jungle, page 108
"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." - Sundew's thoughts The Poison Jungle, page 115
"'By all the trees! Of course! That's obvious! That's so obvious. I don't need to say that, do I? You know all that. I mean, obviously. As if! Leave you for a SilkWing! BLEH." -Sundew to Willow The Poison Jungle, page 119
"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." - Sundew's thoughts The Poison Jungle, page 150
"Wait, come back and tell us again about how you're the smartest dragon in the jungle!" - Sundew to Nettle The Poison Jungle, page 160
"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?" - Sundew to Mandrake The Poison Jungle, page 161
"It's not like that for me. Maybe the guilty part, sometimes. But being mad makes me want to get up and do something. It makes me want to fix the bad things. Isn't that better than curling up under a pile of leaves and hoping the bad things go away?" - Sundew to Willow The Poison Jungle, page 171
"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?" - Sundew's thoughts The Poison Jungle, page 213
"Is that what we want? All the HiveWings get to go home and keep living their happy lives as though they didn't nearly destroy us? Where's the punishment? The justice?" - Sundew's thoughts The Poison Jungle, page 235
"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." - Sundew's thoughts The Poison Jungle, page 247
"That is not a comforting answer, light of my life," - To Willow.
- Sundew is named after the carnivorous sundew plant and the only known LeafWing in her family who is not named after a poisonous plant.
- Ironically, she is almost killed by the plant she was named after.
- After Bryony, Sundew is the second LeafWing to have a point of view in the series so far.
- Belladonna, Sundew’s mother, is the leader of the PoisonWings.
- On the cover of The Poison Jungle, Sundew is depicted without her numerous pouches and freckles.
- The LeafWing page in A Guide to the Dragons of Pantala says LeafWings can be green or brown, but Sundew has several gold scales.
- There is a theory that gold scales signify plant control. However, this has not been proven.
- Sundew is the first dragon known to have an exercise program, as she performs a series of stretches every morning.
- It has been confirmed that Sundew is Willow’s girlfriend. This makes her one of eight confirmed LGBT+ characters (the others being Anemone, Burnet, Silverspot, Snowflake, Snowfox, Umber, and Willow) as well as the first LGBT+ protagonist in the main series, and second point of view overall, after Snowflake.
- Due to Sundew's relationship with Willow, Sundew is the first protagonist in the series to be in a relationship of a romantic nature for the entire duration of their book, as opposed to merely having a crush on another dragon for the entire duration of their book.
- In The Poison Jungle, 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.
- Sundew appears to have a leaflike appendage on the end of her tail, which is not seen on any other dragons on the cover of The Poison Jungle. This may have been Joy Ang's error (As the typical LeafWing art shows this tail as well), or an indication that only LeafWings with the Leafspeak ability possess this particular appendage.
- ↑ The Lost Continent, page 223
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Lost Continent, page 168
- ↑ The Lost Continent, page 170
- ↑ The Poison Jungle, page 98
- ↑ The Poison Jungle, page 3