Blue Stars

Aristea eklonii

Blousterre (Afr.)

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One of the most beautiful sights to see on the slopes of Lion’s Head (Cape Town) is masses of Aristea capitata in full bloom. Like its close relative, the Iris, it produces thick clumps of long thin leaves tapering to a point. During the flowering period numerous continuous flower-stalks emerge from each clump with multiple tubular purple flowers creating an eruption of purple in the garden.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Harvest Seed pods and sow seeds straight after the pods have dried out.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds to a depth of 2-4 mm straight after the seed pods have dried out completely.

Division

Divide thick clumps while dormant.

Special features

Attracts birds

Attracts small nectar loving sunbirds.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts beneficial insects like bees and butterflies.

Drought resistant

As it only grows during the warm dry summer months and dormant during the wet months.

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa, Eastern Cape, KZN, Limpopo, Mpumalanga Provinces.

Natural climate

Temperate Coastal

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Iridaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Blue

Scent

None

Problems

Fynbos plants become vulnerable to fungal attacks. To ensure your plants do not become affected by fungal attack, keep your plants dry during summer months.
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