Aristea capitata Ker Gawl.

Blue Sceptre

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Aristea

Category: Bulb

Size: 5' tall

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Thick clumps of long stiff evergreen leaves with blue flower spikes above. Up to 100 flowers per stem, each with 6 blue petals and yellow anthers. Well-drained soil.


Published in Bot. Mag. 17: 605 in 1802.

Synonym Aristea major Andrews, published in Bot. Repos. 3: 160 in 1801.

Found by Thunberg near Cape Town. Introduced from seed in 1784 in the UK.


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