Aristea capitata

Water Needs

moderate; high

Aristea capitata
Perennial; Water plant
Blue Sceptre; Blousuurkanol

Flower spikes reach 1.5 – 2 m. Flower size: 25 mm

Size

Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade

Frost

tender

Flowers

blue; pink; spring; summer

sun, semi-shade, container, water, windy areas, grassland, slopes, perennial bed, wildlife – bees, butterflies, other insects

Garden Situation

Habitat

fynbos; water

Region

Western Cape

Rain Season

winter

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Description

A large, striking perennial for sun and partial shade. Mature plants form large clumps of erect, strap-like leaves from a central rhizome. Dark blue to purple flowers (a pink variety is available) grow in tight arrangements along the length of long, slender spikes that can grow to 2 m high. Flowers open in the morning, closing at midday, with fresh buds unfurling the following day. Closed buds resemble twists of pink and blue candy. Plant in clumps in normal garden soils, or at the water’s edge where they mix beautifully with the yellow flowers of Wachendorfia thyrsiflora or maroon flowers of Melianthus major.

Aristea capitata
Aristea capitata