Aristea
Aristea africana

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aristea (air-ISS-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: africana (af-ri-KAHN-uh) (Info)

Category:

Bulbs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Dark Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Berkeley, California

Austin, Texas

Houston, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 20, 2007, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Obviously a South African native, mainly winter growing but the strap-like leaves remain evergreen year round. Spreads slowly by rhizomes; good for a pot at least 12" wide or a rock garden; likes fairly rich but well-drained soil; blooms blue with contrasting yellow anthers on 18" stems in late spring/early summer for about a month and a half. An easy to grow plant for me.