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Blue Sceptre

Aristea capitata

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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
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.

Geography

Origin
Africa, Southern Africa and Madagascar
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Half-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)

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