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Blue Stars

Aristea eklonii

Also known as

Blousterre (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

50cm

20cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Blue Stars Overview

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.

Common problems with Blue Stars

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.

    How to harvest Blue Stars

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

    How to propagate Blue Stars

    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 of Blue Stars

    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.