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Blue Sceptre

Aristea capitata

Also known as

Aristea Major (Old Name), Blousuurkanol

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

50cm

1m

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Blue Sceptre Overview

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.

Common problems with Blue Sceptre

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

    Blue Sceptre Companion Plants

    Restios, proteas and buchu (Agathosma)

    How to harvest Blue Sceptre

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

    How to propagate Blue Sceptre

    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 of Blue Sceptre

    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

    Other uses of Blue Sceptre

    Beautiful flowering plant for winter rainfall gardens.

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