Blue Sceptre

Aristea capitata

Aristea Major (Old Name), Blousuurkanol

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Blue Sceptre has tall upright flowering stems with indigo blue flowers, which are in bloom during Spring. While the flowers are short lived, they attract useful insects and their bright blooms make an attractive addition to any garden. They are fairly drought tolerant and require a moderate amount of water in summer but plenty of water in winter. This plant is low maintenance, very easy to grow and is a great option for beginner gardeners. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest flower stalks in summer months for floral arrangments. Harvest seeds in autumn when seed pods have ripened.​

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds in autumn, 1 to 2 cm deep. Germination takes about a month.

Division

Divide the rhizomes after the flowering period and space them 10 cm apart and 5 cm deep. Do not let the rhizomes dry out.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Bees, butterflies and moths

Drought resistant

This species is fairly water-wise and only needs a moderate amount of water.

Wet sites

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

Africa, Southern Africa and Madagascar

Natural climate

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Sand, Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

Beautiful flowering plant for winter rainfall gardens.

Personality

Family

Iridaceae

Flower colour

Blue

Scent

None

Problems

There are generally no pests or diseases that affect this species.

Companion plants

Restios, proteas and buchu (Agathosma)

Credits

profile iconAristea capitata
by Liesl van der Walt, Kirstenbosch NBG, November 2000. (Name updated August, 2008) (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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