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Aristea major - Blue Sceptre
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb
Family: Iridaceae (Irises)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Light Blue
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Aristea capitata]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Aristea major - A herbaceous perennial from South Africa with rigid, linear leaves. Fragrant 1" wide true blue flowers with purple stamens and yellow anthers bloom on multiple (up to 8) 3-5 foot tall flower stalks in the summer. Plant in full sun. Water occasionally to very little. Hardy to at least 15 degrees F (maybe as low as 10 F). Reportedly resistant to deer and snail predation. A very hardy species that is found all along the Drakensberg mountains. We grew this plant from seed received in 1992 from Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden. It finally flowered 10 years later in 2001! Our plants are now divisions from this original crop. The correct current name for this species is now Aristea capitata.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aristea major.
 
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